$33 billion, naturally. The highest degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.
$18 billion?! 18 is 6 + 6 + 6, and that leaves 15 billion.
Of course, there’s a sliver of the back of my brain wondering if CNN saw my new blog and wanted to see if I’d take the bait on this. If that’s the case, well then, congrats on the catch…
The headline does have my name gematria:
“Trump wants $33B for border. Most of it for wall.” = 203 (Reverse Full Reduction)
“Derek Michael J Tikkuri” = 203 (English Ordinal)
“$18 billion would be used for 722 miles of border wall, according to documents sent to lawmakers” = 1722 (Franc Baconis)