“President Trump follows through on his promise to build the wall and make the military pay for it.”
On this week’s Political Fallout Shelter podcast, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould discuss lawmakers’ anger over money for military construction projects being shifted to build President Donald Trump’s controversial southern border wall. Critics say the move not only undermines his credibility but also the entire congressional appropriations process.
They also discuss the Senate Armed Services Committee’s intense focus on military housing problems and the fallout from Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Finally, Joe shares his thoughts on Bryce Harper’s new mega-contract with the Phillies (spoiler, there’s a lot of dead air) before the podcast team announces news about its own contract negotiations.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.
Joe Gould was the senior Pentagon reporter for Defense News, covering the intersection of national security policy, politics and the defense industry. He had previously served as Congress reporter.