WaPo: Trump Pushes Military To Fund Border Wall

President Donald Trump has privately floated the idea of funding construction of a border wall with Mexico through the US military budget in conversations with advisers two sources confirmed to CNN Tuesday

According to the Washington Post, the president has begun suggesting that the military should help fund the wall since he only received $1.6 billion in the latest budget for the project.

8 of 9 U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a poster of before and after photos of a segment of the border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott, right, in San Diego, Calif., on March 13, 2018.

Trump would need support from Congress to sign off on appropriating military related funds for a border wall with Mexico. Pentagon spokesperson Chris Sherwood referred all questions on the wall to the White House, where press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected them, saying she was "not going to get into the specifics of that". Trump is seeking $25 billion for construction of the wall, and Congress allocated just $1.6 billion for upgrades to the existing fencing.

Trump has grown frustrated watching constant TV criticism of the spending deal he signed last week and is determined to find a new way to fund the wall, several advisers said, privately grousing that his political supporters could become disenchanted without progress.

Trump's proposed mechanism is for the Department of Defense to fund the wall.

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Kelly also reportedly said what we already figured out: that there wouldn't be a wall "that Mexico will pay for". "You could always increase them and take the revenue for that for resources", the same official said, who also described these options as Trump's "musings".

The Pentagon has plenty of money, but reprogramming it for a wall would require votes in Congress that the president does not seem to have.

In a statement to the Post, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized the president's proposal to build the wall with funding from the defense budget.

That amount is well short of the $25 billion in long-term funding Trump was pursuing in negotiations with Democrats (offering three years of protections for young immigrants in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), and that stipulation means the prototype walls Trump has reviewed can not be used.

A Washington Post report on Tuesday contained details of Trump's desire for the military to fund his wall and appeared to clarify a message Trump posted to his Twitter account over the weekend, where he exclaimed, "Build a WALL through M!" "I plan to reintroduce that amendment this spring when the House Armed Services Committee marks up this year's defense spending bill".

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