Just the Facts: A Trump Post

This post is not pro-Trump and it is not anti-Trump. This is not an opinion piece of my own thoughts or feelings. There won’t be any name-calling or attacking President Donald Trump’s character or morals. Many have and continue to do that elsewhere. The president’s supporters don’t seem to care about those documented issues. Instead, I am going to just state verifiable facts. Take them as you will. Now that you have an idea of how this post is going to be, feel free to continue to read or leave now. Oh, the disclaimer; These thoughts are my own and don’t represent anyone or anything I’m associated with. In other words; Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer, friends, associates, family or pets.

There have been over $110 million dollars spent for President Trump to go golfing. There is nothing wrong with that when it comes to a U.S. president. They all seem to love golfing and the United States taxpayers cover the bill. However, what is different with Trump is that nearly all the money is going directly into his Trump Organization bottom line. The Trump Organization is a private collective name for a group of approximately business entities of which Donald Trump is the sole or principal owner. So, although Trump does not handle the day to day of the Trump Organization anymore he is the owner. That means he is still making a nice profit from it to be enjoyed once he leaves the office. So you the taxpayer are covering the president’s golfing vacations at his own luxury golf clubs. Think about that for a moment.

Each time the White House senior staff and all the Secret Service around him do things like buy food, book a room and rent golf carts to follow him around to make sure the president remains safe, it’s an expenditure that the taxpayer covers. That expenditure is paid to the Trump resort owned by Trump. The funds ultimately end directly in President Trump’s pockets once he leaves the office. If this is not the most obvious example of corruption ever, not sure what is. The sad part is that the whole thing is now accepted as normal way for a president to behave in America.

Now let’s talk about the Wall. In the grand scheme of things $110 million is pocket change when it comes to the amount money governments spend yearly. Billions is another matter altogether. Billions are being taken out of the budget for military projects and instead are to be used for funding a wall that a foreign power was supposedly going to pay for. $3.6 billion in U.S. military funding is being shifted over to build part of wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The folks at NPR obtained the complete list of projects at the U.S. Department of Defense that will be delayed in order to fund the Wall. Use your own judgment to determine if the items on the list are more important to U.S. national security than a few miles of America’s southern border.

The items on the list include a Space Control Facility at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, Cyber Ops facility in Virginia as well as other facilities for fuel storage, hazardous waste management, and aircraft maintenance around the world. That means that business will hold off on hiring and jobs for many people will be cut.

What about the children? I am glad you asked. The wonderful men and women in the military are out in the world fighting to keep us safe. They are able to do that knowing their families are taken care of. However, according to the list, the money meant for the Pentagon will also be diverted from schools that serve the children of U.S. service members abroad. There is $135 million being taken from elementary schools in Germany and $40 million being diverted from high school kids in Japan. Not to be a xenophobe but what about America. No Sir or Madam, you’re not a xenophobe. Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. You’re a patriot. Since you asked, however, things are not great stateside either for the little ones. $152 million is being taken away from them. STEM is more important than ever for America since we have fallen behind with the rest of the world when it comes to the sciences. That is why it is disappointing that part of that $152 million was meant for a project that would have built an Engineering Center in New York.

Those places above were important to mention the writer, that’s me. The whole list is below. The whole $3.6 billion will be used to build roughly 175 miles of the wall by the end of 2020. Don’t know why it is so important to complete the wall by 2020. I mean it’s not like there is anything going on around that time. Oh wait, there is. That is just in time for the next presidential election. It is up to you to decide if the Wall is about U.S. national security along a few miles of America’s southern border or ultimately about a campaign promise. In 2016, President Trump promised to build the wall and make Mexico pay for it. Mexico clearly hasn’t and won’t pay a dime to build a wall for a foreign power. As of this post, not a single mile of wall has been built that wasn’t just replacing parts of the existing wall. Trump supporters will read these facts, laugh them off as Trump Bashing and defend the reallocation of the military funds. The reasoning could be that the military didn’t need these projects anyway. Trump has been quoted as saying that he “rebuilt” the military. That said, $3.6 billion is pocket change compared to the over $500 billion yearly budget of the military. It’s all about perspective on the way it gets used.

I “would have been honored. I think I’m making up for (not serving) as we’re rebuilding the military as we never have before.” ~Trump

On “Good Morning Britain”

These are a complete list of projects that are being delayed:

  • Weapon Maintenance Shop at Anniston Army Depot (Alabama) – $5.2 million
  • Repair Central Heat/Power Plant Boiler PH 4 at Eielson AFB (Alaska) – $41 million
  • Repair Central Heat & Power Plant Boiler Ph3 at Eielson AFB (Alaska) – $34.4 million
  • Eielson AFB Improved CATM Range at Eielson AFB (Alaska) – $19 million
  • Missile Field #1 Expansion at Fort Greely (Alaska) – $8 million
  • Ground Transport Equipment Building at Fort Huachuca (Arizona) – $30 million
  • Construct C-130J Flight Simulator Facility at Channel Islands ANGS (California) – $8 million
  • Fire/Crash Rescue Station at Tyndall AFB (Florida) – $17 million
  • Consolidated Training Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hawaii) – $5.5 million
  • Security Improvements Mokapu Gate at Kaneohe Bay (Hawaii) – $26.4 million
  • Railcar Holding Area at Crane Army Ammunition Plant (Indiana) – $16 million
  • Construct Small Arms Range at Hulman Regional Airport (Indiana) – $8 million
  • Ft Campbell Middle School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky – $62.6 million
  • NORTHCOM – Construct Alert Apron at Joint Reserve Base New Orleans (Louisiana) – $15 million
  • NORTHCOM – Construct Alert Facilities at Joint Reserve Base New Orleans (Louisiana) – $24 million
  • Cantonment Area Roads at Fort Meade (Maryland)- $16.5 million
  • PAR Relocate Haz Cargo Pad and EOD Range at Joint Base Andrews (Maryland) – $37 million
  • Child Development Center at Joint Base Andrews (Maryland)- $13 million
  • Construct Small Arms Range at Jackson IAP (Mississippi) – $8 million
  • MQ-9 FTU Ops Facility at Holloman AFB (New Mexico) – $85 million
  • Information Systems Facility at White Sands (New Mexico) – $40 million
  • Engineering Center at U.S. Military Academy (New York) – $95 million
  • Parking Structure at U.S. Military Academy (New York) – $65 million
  • 2nd Radio BN Complex, Phase 2 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – $25.6 million
  • Ambulatory Care Center Addition/Alteration at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – $15.3 million
  • Butner Elementary School Replacement at Fort Bragg (North Carolina) – $32.9 million
  • KC-46A ADAL for Alt Mission Storage at Seymour Johnson AFB (North Carolina) – $6.4 million
  • Construct Small Arms Range at Tulsa Iap (Oklahoma) – $8 million
  • Construct Indoor Range at Klamath Falls IAP (Oregon) – $8 million
  • Replace Fuel Facilities at Klamath Falls IAP (Oregon) – $2.5 million
  • Laurel Bay Fire Station Replacement at Beaufort (South Carolina) – $10.7 million
  • Defense Access Roads at Fort Bliss (Texas) – $20 million
  • Camp Bullis Dining Facility at Joint Base San Antonio (Texas) – $18.5 million
  • Composite Aircraft Antenna Calibration Fac at Hill AFB (Utah) – $26 million
  • UTTR Consolidated Mission Control Center at Hill AFB (Utah) – $28 million
  • Construct Cyber Ops Facility Joint Base Langley-Eustis (Virginia) – $10 million
  • Replace Hazardous Materials Warehouse at Norfolk (Virginia) – $18.5 million
  • Pentagon Metro Entrance Facility at the Pentagon (Virginia) – $12. 1 million
  • Replace Hazardous Materials Warehouse at Portsmouth (Virginia) – $22.5 million
  • Ships Maintenance Facility at Portsmouth (Virginia) – $26.1 million
  • Pier and Maintenance Facility at Bangor (Washington) – $88.9 million
  • Construct Small Arms Range at Truax Field (Wisconsin) – $8 million
  • Earth Covered Magazines at Joint Region Marianas (Guam) – $52.2 million
  • PRTC Roads at Joint Region Marianas (Guam) – $2.5 million
  • Water Well Field at Joint Region Marianas (Guam) – $56 million
  • Navy-Commercial Tie-In Hardening at Joint Region Marianas (Guam) – $37.1 million
  • Machine Gun Range at Joint Region Marianas (Guam) – $50 million
  • APR – Munitions Storage Igloos, Ph 2 at Joint Region Marianas (Guam) – $35.3 million
  • Hayman Munitions Storage Igloos MSA 2 at Joint Region Marianas (Guam) – $9.8 million
  • APR – SATCOM C4I Facility at Joint Region Marianas (Guam) – $14.2 million
  • Readiness Center at Arroyo (Puerto Rico) – $30 million
  • Company Headquarters Bldg -Transient Training at Camp Santiago (Puerto Rico) – $47 million
  • Dining Facility, Transient Training at Camp Santiago (Puerto Rico) – $13 million
  • Engineering/Housing Maintenance Shops (DPW) at Camp Santiago (Puerto Rico)- $11 million
  • Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site at Camp Santiago (Puerto Rico) – $80 million
  • National Guard Readiness Center at Camp Santiago (Puerto Rico) – $50 million
  • Power Substation/Switching Station Building at Camp Santiago (Puerto Rico) – $18.5 million
  • Vehicle Maintenance Shop at Gurabo (Puerto Rico) – $28 million
  • Ramey Unit School Replacement at Punta Borinquen (Puerto Rico) – $61 million
  • Aircraft Maintenance Hangar (AASF) at San Juan (Puerto Rico) – $64 million
  • Vehicle Maintenance Shop at St. Croix (Virgin Islands) – $20 million
  • Power Substation/Switching Station Building at St. Croix (Virgin Islands) – $3.5 million
  • National Guard Vehicle Maintenance Shop Add/A at St. Thomas (Virgin Islands) – $3.8 million
  • Fleet Maintenance Facility & TOC at SW Asia (Bahrain Island) – $26.3 million
  • Europe West District Superintendent’s Office at Chievres AB (Belgium) – $14.3 million
  • EDI: Ammunition Holding Area at Nevo Selo Fos (Bulgaria) – $5.2 million
  • Working Dog Treatment Facility Replacement at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) – $9 million
  • EDI: SOF Operations Facility at Unspecified Estonia – $6.1 million
  • EDI: SOF Training Facility at Unspecified Estonia – $9.6 million
  • SOF Joint Parachute Rigging Facility at Baumholder (Germany) – $11. 5 million
  • Mission Training Complex at East Camp Grafenwoehr (Germany) – $31 million
  • MARFOREUR HQ Modernization and Expansion at Panzer Kaserne (Germany) – $43.9 million
  • 37 AS Squadron Operations/AMU at Ramstein AB (Germany) – $13.4 million
  • EDI – KMC DABS-FEV/RH Storage Warehouses at Ramstein AB (Germany) – $119 million
  • F/A-22 Low Observable/Composite Repair Fac at Spangdahlem AB (Germany) – $18 million
  • EIC – Site Development and Infrastructure at Spangdahlem AB (Germany) – $43.4 million
  • Spangdahlem Elementary School Replacement at Spangdahlem AB (Germany) – $79.1 million
  • Upgrade Hardened Aircraft Shelters for F/A-22 at Spangdahlem AB (Germany) – $2.7 million
  • Robinson Barracks Elem. School Replacement at Stuttgart (Germany) – $46.6 million
  • Clay Kaserne Elementary School at Weisbaden (Germany) – $56 million
  • Hazardous Material Storage Building at Wiesbaden Army Airfield (Germany) – $2.7 million
  • EDI: Marathi Logistics Support Center at Souda Bay (Greece) – $6.2 million
  • EDI: Joint Mobility Processing Center at Souda Bay (Greece) – $41.6 million
  • ERI: Airfield Upgrades at Kecskemet AB (Hungary) – $12.9 million
  • ERI: Construct Parallel Taxiway at Kecskemet AB (Hungary) – $30 million
  • ERI: Increase POL Storage Capacity at Kecskemet AB (Hungary) – $12.5 million
  • EDI: P-8A Taxiway and Apron Upgrades at Sigonella (Italy) – $66 million
  • Bechtel Elementary School at Camp Mctureous (Japan) – $94 million
  • Fuel Pier at Iwakuni (Japan) – $33.2 million
  • Construct Bulk Storage Tanks PH 1 at Iwakuni (Japan) – $30 million
  • Truck Unload Facilities at Kadena AB (Japan) – $21.4 million
  • SOF Maintenance Hangar at Kadena AB (Japan) – $3.9 million
  • SOF Maintenance Hangar at Kadena AB (Japan) – $42.8 million
  • APR – Replace Munitions Structures at Kadena AB (Japan) – $19.8 million
  • C-130J Corrosion Control Hangar at Yokota AB (Japan) – $23.7 million
  • Construct CATM Facility at Yokota AB (Japan) – $8.2 million
  • Hangar/Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Yokota AB (Japan) – $12 million
  • Hangar/AMU at Yokota AB (Japan) – $39.4 million
  • Operations and Warehouse Facilities at Yokota AB (Japan) – $8.5 million
  • Operations and Warehouse Facilities at Yokota AB (Japan) – $26.7 million
  • Kinnick High School Inc 1 at Yokosuka (Japan) – $40 million
  • Command and Control Facility at Camp Tango (South Korea) – $17.5 million
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Hangar at Kunsan AB (South Korea) – $53 million
  • ERI: ECAOS Deployable Airbase System Storage at Sanem (Luxembourg) – $67.4 million
  • ERI: Replace/Expand Quick Reaction Alert Pad at Rygge (Norway) – $10.3 million
  • EDI: Staging Areas at Poland – $34 million
  • EDI: Staging Areas at Poland – $17 million
  • EDI: Ammunition Storage Facility at Poland – $52 million
  • EDI: Rail Extension and Railhead at Poland – $6.4 million
  • EDI: Bulk Fuel Storage at Powidz Air Base (Poland) – $21 million
  • EDI: Explosives & Ammo Load/Unload Apron at Mihail Kogalniceanu (Romania) – $21.6 million
  • EDI – Regional Munitions Storage Area at Malacky (Slovakia) – $59 million
  • ERI: Increase POL Storage Capacity at Malacky (Slovakia) – $20 million
  • ERI: Airfield Upgrades at Malacky (Slovakia) – $4 million
  • ERI: Airfield Upgrades at Sliac Airport (Slovakia) – $22 million
  • EDI: Port Operations Facilities at Rota (Spain) – $21.5 million
  • OCO: Relocate Base Main Access Control Point at Incirlik AB (Turkey) – $14.6 million
  • Croughton Elem/Middle/High School Replacement at Croughton RAF (UK) – $71.4 million
  • Main Gate Complex at Croughton RAF (UK) – $16.5 million
  • RAFMH Main Gate Rehabilitation at Menwith Hill Station (UK) – $11 million
  • EIC RC-135 Infrastructure at Royal Air Force Fairford (UK) – $2.1 million
  • EIC RC-135 Intel and Squad Ops Facility at Royal Air Force Fairford (UK) – $38 million
  • EIC RC-135 Runway Overrun Reconfiguration at Royal Air Force Fairford (UK) – $5.5 million
  • EDI – Munitions Holding Area at Raf Fairford (UK) – $19 million
  • EDI – Construct DABS-FEV Storage at Raf Fairford (UK) – $87 million
  • TACMOR – Utilities and Infrastructure Support (Classified location) – $18 million
  • Planning and Design (Worldwide unspecified) – $13.5 million

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