A standout candidate in a crowded Texas primary blasted outgoing Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) over comments made by the retiring congressman rebuking President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to secure funding for a border wall.
“Texas’ 13th District deserves a representative who will back the President’s effort to fund and build the wall rather than another Never Trumper masquerading as a Republican,” Chris Ekstrom told The Rundown News.
Ekstrom is a businessman who has skyrocketed to the top of the polls on the back of endorsements from Republican Reps. Andy Biggs (AZ), Ron Wright (TX), and Mo Brooks (AL) in a 15-way primary to replace Thornberry, who is not seeking re-election.
TX-13 is one of the most deeply red congressional districts in America.
“In D.C., I’ll do everything I can to back the President’s efforts to finally secure our southern border and protect Texas and all of America from the cartels and illegals aliens flooding across our border every day,” Ekstrom said.
Thornberry, who is the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, sparked controversy this week after it was announced that President Trump had secured $3.8 billion more in Pentagon funds to build a wall along the southern border.
He said in a statement that the “re-programming announced today is contrary to Congress’ constitutional authority.”
“I believe that it requires Congress to take action,” he said.
Thornberry also claimed that Trump’s transfer of funds “undermines the principle of civilian control of the military and is in violation of the separation of powers within the Constitution.”
Worth noting is the fact that the United States has had almost 20 years of war in the Middle East, all without congressional approval. In light of that fact, Thornberry’s criticism rings a bit hollow.
Meanwhile, private entities are vying for the opportunity to build sections of border wall on land owned by private citizens at the border.
Fisher Industries, a North Dakotan construction company, was awarded contracts by viral crowdfunding nonprofit We Build The Wall to erect several miles of border barrier at two job sites — one in Sunland Park, NM, and the other in Mission, TX.
To Americans who voted for President Trump, and especially those for whom border security is a top issue, it doesn’t particularly matter how the wall it built, as long as the project is completed.
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