Trump Is Allegedly Eyeing Military Budget To Fund His Wall

Cristina Cross
March 29, 2018

Trump would also need to get 60 votes in the Senate if he wants to use the 2019 defense budget to pay for the wall, something that seems highly unlikely at this point.

After floating the notion to several advisers last week, he told Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, that the military should pay for the wall in a meeting last Wednesday in the White House residence, according to three people familiar with the meeting.

#President Trump proposed to congressional leaders, such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, that the Pentagon could fund the project if they cited it as a national security risk. White House officials told the Post that the M stands for "military".

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"From there, Mr. Art of the Deal changed his story to taxpayers will put up the money initially, but Mexico will pay us back; which later became Mexico will pay for the wall through import tariffs; which quickly changed to Mexico will pay for the wall indirectly through NAFTA", which morphed, earlier this month, into the wall will pay for itself. "And he's using his authority as commander in chief to declare an emergency on the border, and to say that the national defense requires the wall to be built", the former pollster added.

The $1.3-trillion funding package did include $1.6 billion in border wall spending.

"I'm not going to go beyond what the president has already said", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday. The "continuation of building the wall is ongoing, and we're going to continue moving forward in that process", she said.

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As CNN noted, Trump had already backed away from the idea that Mexico would pay for the border wall, saying instead that the US would initially pay for it and then seek to recoup some of the money through placing tariffs on Mexico or some other form of repayment. But the upside for Trump is that, with a supplemental appropriation, continuing resolution, or omnibus spending bill, the president can do what he likes. At almost every campaign rally, the man who would go on to become the US President claimed that his government was going to construct a wall spanning almost 1,000 miles, in order to "safeguard" the American border. According to two advisers, the "M" refers to the military.

Trump and his allies have been reaching out to several lawyers in recent weeks, including some who had turned Trump down after he interviewed them last spring and summer to be his personal lawyer in Mueller's investigation into Moscow's interference in the 2016 election and whether the president's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in this effort.

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