Trump Considering Paying for Border Wall With US Military Budget

Trump trying to get support for military to pay for border wall

In January, reports surfaced that chief of staff John Kelly told a group of Congressional Democrats that the president was "uninformed" regarding his border wall campaign promise. Now, he is privately pushing the US military to fund construction of his signature project.

"Build WALL through M!"

Meanwhile, the bill not only included a relative pittance of $1.6 billion for some fencing and levees on the border, compared to the $25 billion Trump was seeking, but it included strict restrictions on how the money can be spent.

President Trump - frustrated that neither Mexico nor Congress will foot the bill for his long-promised border wall - now wants the USA military to pick up the tab, a new report said Tuesday. The Washington Post reports that Trump has been privately insisting that the military should pay for the border wall. Ryan offered little reaction to the notion, these people said, but senior Capitol Hill officials later said it was an unlikely prospect.

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Trump expressed frustration while signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package, originally threatening to veto the bill because of its lack of funding for his border wall. Some senior aides told the Post that Trump thinks that because he pushed so hard for increased military spending (and $700 billion was the result), the Department of Defense may as well do him a solid for "national security" reasons. (The fact that he allegedly had an affair with a porn star, whom he subsequently paid off to stay quiet, is obviously a plus for them.) now, just $641 million is earmarked for new fencing, and it can only be used on "operationally effective designs that were already deployed last May", meaning that unless something changes, the prototypes Trump recently visited in California will be just for show.

("M" reportedly stands for "military", not "Mexico.") And he has brought it up in private repeatedly.

A White House spokesman declined to comment. The Post also reported that three people who are knowledgeable about Trump's meeting with Ryan observed that he barely reacted to Trump's idea of the military backing construction of the wall.

Trump has spoken privately with advisers about funding the border's construction using the USA military budget, according to CNN. "Secretary [James] Mattis ought not bother and instead use the money to help our troops, rather than advance the president's political fantasies", he said.

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