Donald Trump orders the US Army to find money in front of his wall, which could drain Everglades' funding
A senior civil servant with the US military today confirmed that the White House ordered the military branch to find money to build a wall on the Mexican border, DailyMail.com has learned.
Chief Deputy Assistant Secretary of Military Ryan Fisher, whose US Army Corps of Engineers may be involved in the construction of the wall as President Donald Trump declares an emergency, said in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com that the country is dealing with a problem with national security.
& # 39; We have a problem with national security, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We wait for more orders. & # 39;
Chief Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Ryan Fisher (right) says President Donald Trump (left) ordered the military branch to find money to build a wall on the Mexican border
Ryan Fisher, chief deputy assistant secretary of the military for civilian works, told attendees that President Trump met his department to ask them to be ready for his emergency powers to begin the establishment of the border wall between the US and Mexico
Within the 34th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference at Hawks Cay Resort at Duck Key, Florida
However, if the wall was illuminated green, Fisher hinted that major civil engineering projects such as flood management, dike restoration and restoration of fish and wildlife could be postponed or temporarily suspended during the construction of the wall.
Fisher appeared before 200-plus environmentalists from Florida at the annual Everglades Coalition Conference at Duck Key to talk about the recovery of Everglades, the restoration of a purifying natural water flow in an area of 734 square miles that is besieged by development.
The gigantic swamp to the west of Miami, according to scientists, has been ill and water supplies for nearly 10 million inhabitants and dozens of species are under threat.
Recently, algae in the Everglades waters caused by over-development and agriculture flew over to the Gulf and East coast of the state and caused respiratory problems for residents, fish deaths and a delay in tourism.
After years of bickering, state and federal authorities launched one of the largest hydrological restoration projects ever and began building reservoirs, flood management facilities and channels at the expected cost of $ 20 billion.
If Trump declared the wall a national state of emergency and forced the force to build it, one of the main agencies in the restoration could see the financing of Everglades dry up.
Army Deputies and NGO Leaders Socialize at the 34th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference at Hawks Cay Resort at Duck Key, Florida
A panel at the 34th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference at Hawks Cay Resort at Duck Key, Florida explains the pollutants of Lake Okeechobee
I would not have to make any comments about the wall because I could establish that I contradict myself as soon as I check the news on my phone, "said Fisher, a political constituent who worked as a legislative director for Vice President. Mike Pence. when he served as an American Congressman. & # 39; But the president has asked us if, if he declares the wall an emergency, we would be ready.
We have assured him that we are ready. & # 39;
The corps would then have to be selective on which routine project it would stop.
We should decide whether another project for civil works is not essential for national defense, & # 39; said Fisher, while some activists growled.
Fisher was asked whether building the wall could take away money from the gigantic Everglades project against pollution.
The Florida Everglades (above) is a major water source for 10 million Florida residents
He has not excluded the money from Everglades, but tried to reassure the public that the project is important.
We assured the president that we would find the money (for the wall), but we would have to take away money from unallocated projects, & # 39; Fisher repeated.
He hinted that the restoration of Everglades is one of them.
& # 39; Everglades Restoration is well praised by politicians and activists in Florida, & # 39; he said, telling the audience not to worry.
He told DailyMail.com: & # 39; We are not at a point where we choose projects. But the (Everglades) restoration could be considered a non-essential project. & # 39;
Like so many concerned activists in the Keys, Celeste De Palma, the director of the Everglades policy at the Florida Audubon Society, said she was surprised by Fisher's recognition.
& # 39; (Fisher & # 39; s) comments are interesting, and it is interesting that he has offered the information, & # 39; she said.