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One of the central themes of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and a pet project of the presidency of Donald Trump has been his promised border wall.

Originally promised as a wall—definitely not a fence—spanning the entire southern border, 30 feet high and paid for by Mexico, things changed once reality set in.

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President Donald Trump visits the US-Mexico border fence in Otay Mesa, California on September 18, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

The news broke recently that $6.1 billion of Defense Department funds would be diverted—under the authority of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and made possible through President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency and deployment of military resources—to pay for Trump's border wall project. To show the progress being made with the money originally slated for military construction projects, the White House Twitter account shared a video.

The clip of a single section of bollard fencing being raised was captioned:

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 10: Donald Trump plays a round of golf after the opening of The Trump International Golf Links Course on July 10, 2012 in Balmedie, Scotland. The controversial £100m course opens to the public on Sunday July 15. Further plans to build hotels and homes on the site have been put on hold until a decision has been made on the building of an offshore windfarm nearby. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A letter from the Department of Defense to the House Oversight Committee revealed that the U.S. Military has spent up to $184,000 at a Scottish golf course owned by President Donald Trump.

The letter is in response to news that Trump had a deal with Scotland's Glasgow Prestwick Airport, in which officials at the airport would direct flight crews looking for lodging to Trump Turnberry golf course and resort. Since before Trump's presidency, the U.S. Air Force would often stop at Glasgow Prestwick to refuel and stay overnight, leaving the lodging recommendations to airport officials.

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President Donald Trump heads back to the Oval Office after attending an event establishing the U.S. Space Command, the sixth national armed service, in the Rose Garden at the White House August 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In another effort to fund his campaign promise of a Mexican financed border wall, President Donald Trump's newly appointed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pulled funds from the Pentagon's construction budget. Federal budget law restricts the movement of appropriated funds within a federal agency and from one agency to another without congressional approval.

However, by declaring a national emergency, President Trump's DoD Secretary can raid military construction projects without asking Congress to approve the budget transfer. $3.6 billion of military construction projects are on the chopping block.

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People across the United States were unsettled when President Donald Trump announced via Twitter the "retirement" of Jim Mattis, Trump's Defense Secretary who was seen by many as a levelheaded safeguard against some of the President's more reckless foreign policy actions. Mattis's resignation letter indicated to many that the departure wasn't a retirement nor did it seem amiable.

Now, another letter from Mattis to Department of Defense employees is making waves for a similar reason.

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Erik Prince—founder of the now rebranded Blackwater mercenary company—never held an official adviser role in the Trump campaign or the administration of President Donald Trump. But Prince donated $250,000 to pro-Trump causes during the campaign and also met with members of Trump's national security team during the transition.

Prince is also a person of interest in the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and beyond. A friend of Steve Bannon, Prince reportedly also tried to set up another back channel for Trump administration officials to communicate with Russia—like the communication that led to the Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner in attendance—just days before the inauguration.

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President Donald Trump at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The planned military parade President Donald Trump wanted ever since seeing a special Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, in 2017, gives people a few important points to ponder. *see end of article for continuing updates to this story

The foremost issue for many remains the fact that among the most vocally opposed to the parade Trump claims would honor active duty military and veterans, are active duty military and veterans.

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