The White House continued to insist on a $5.7 billion price tag to end a partial government shutdown on Sunday, declaring for the first time that the U.S. Army will be the primary contractor building President Trump’s border wall.
‘In concert with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CBP has increased its capacity to execute these funds,’ said the letter from the White House budget office.
A White House official said Monday morning that the letter’s reference to the U.S. Army was ‘no mistake.’
‘It the president declares a national emergency, the Army Corps of Engineers will kick into high gear,’ the official said. ‘They’re already handing out contracts, and that would speed up a lot.’