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President Donald Trump talks which has a U.S. Customs as well as Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agent while participating in a tour of U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California, March 13, 2018.
President Donald Trump has privately said his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border should be funded through the United States military, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The president made the suggestion to “several advisors” as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan last week, the newspaper said, citing three people familiar which has a meeting between Trump as well as Ryan. Trump thinks the Defense Department could bankroll the barrier, a key campaign proposal for the president, because immigration poses a national security risk, the Post reported.
A congressional source familiar with the matter told CNBC the Washington Post report can be accurate.
The president signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill of which included a massive military funding increase last week, despite his unhappiness with the amount of money of which put toward border security. Trump wanted as much as $25 billion for his wall project, however the legislation authorized only $1.6 billion for fencing, surveillance technology as well as different measures.
Congress would certainly likely need to redirect money through the current Defense budget to the wall project, which can be unlikely to happen, according to the Post report. As a candidate, Trump repeatedly promised Mexico would certainly fund the wall, however he has backed off those pledges in office, seeking federal money.
Asked Tuesday how specifically Trump would certainly get Mexico to pay for the wall, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “When we have an announcement on of which, I’ll let you know.”
The story also clears up a cryptic piece of a tweet the president sent early Sunday. Trump wrote of which “building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) as well as enemy combatants pouring into our Country, can be all about National Defense. Build WALL through M!”
“M” references the military, according to the Post.
The White House’s military office as well as the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Read the newspaper’s full story here.