Trump Considering Paying for Border Wall With US Military Budget

Cheryl Sanders
March 28, 2018

The publication also reported that Trump was "spurned" last week when lawmakers dedicated $1.6 billion to the border wall, well short of the $25 billion he wanted. He has suggested to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and congressional leaders that the Pentagon could fund the sprawling project, citing a "national security" risk.

The idea is Trump's latest attempt to find a way to build the border wall he promised supporters during his campaign as Mexico has dismissed his call for Mexico to fund its construction.

Congress would likely need to redirect money from the current Defense budget to the wall project, which is unlikely to happen, according to the Post report.

President Trump can't get Mexico to pay for his mythical border Wall, and he's not having much luck with Congress on that front either.

The story also clears up a cryptic piece of a tweet the president sent early Sunday.

A senior administration official confirmed the President has floated this idea, along with others, as alternative ways to pay for the wall.

After floating the notion to several advisers last week, Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that the military should pay for the wall, according to three people familiar with the meeting last Wednesday in the White House residence.

Two White House officials told the Post that Trump saw the increased funding for the military as a reason it could afford to foot the bill for the border wall.

6 of 9 Demonstrators place a banner reading "Trump stop massive deportations", during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's migration policies on the Mexican side of the U.S. -Mexico border in Tijuana. After a recent trip to see prototypes of the wall in California, Trump has grown more animated by the issue, advisers said. The negotiations fell apart before the $1.3 trillion spending bill was drafted and passed last week.

Prior to signing the omnibus spending bill last week, Trump bellyached on Twitter and during a signing event, stating that he would never sign another bill like that again. Basically, the Pentagon can't make a shift like that without an act of Congress (with 60 votes for approval), which puts Trump right back where he started ... in a puddle of his own frustration.

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