Supreme Court allows Trump to tap $2.5B in Pentagon funds for border wall

Image: President Trump participates in tour of U.S.-Mexico border wall prot
President Donald Trump speaks while participating in a tour of U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. Copyright Kevin Lamarque Reuters file
Copyright Kevin Lamarque Reuters file
By Doha Madani with NBC News Politics
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Overturning a lower court decision, the ruling allows the president access to approximately $2.5 billion for the project while litigation continues.

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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of President Donald Trump on Friday, allowing him to divert funds from the Pentagon to build sections of a border wall in Arizona and Texas.

Overturning a lower court decision, the ruling allows the president access to approximately $2.5 billion for the project while environmental groups fight the wall in court, arguing that the construction would produce environmental harm and would amount to spending money without the required approval by Congress.

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