Trump privately presses for military to pay for border wall

President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes Tuesday

Pressed on whether Trump's campaign promise to get Mexico to pay for the wall was off the table, Sanders replied, "I'm not going to go beyond what the president's already said".

Congress apportioned much less money for President Donald Trump's border wall than he desires.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has tried to demand Congress appropriate money for his promised wall, and the Mexican government has steadfastly refused to pay for it. Trump previous year said Mexico would pay for it "through reimbursement/other".

"Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our country, is all about National Defense", the president tweeted.

He's told his near 50 million followers that now the military has recently got a tidy sum close to three quarters of a billion dollars, that's plenty of spare cash to build that wall. After Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer withdrew Democrats' offer (in January) to help fund the structure, Trump grew frustrated last week and threatened to veto the omnibus spending bill because his Wall "is not fully funded" (only $1.6 billion was allocated so far).

At Tuesday's briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders sidestepped a question about whether having the military wall construction posed constitutional issues, and gave a glass-half-full assessment of where the president's signature campaign promise now stands. For the reallocation of budget, Trump will have to get approval from the Congress - which he is not likely to get.

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Trump has also suggested to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that the Pentagon pay for the wall rather than the Homeland Security Department.

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The "M" stands for military, not Mexico. The omnibus agreement Trump signed into law last week included about $1.6 billion for border security. "Trump has said he would seek that payment in the form of a refund, either through trade negotiations, remittance payments or other means".

An administration official has confirmed using the military budget is one of the ideas to fund the border wall.

Trump threw Washington into a tizzy on Friday when he threatened to veto the omnibus spending bill, in part because it didn't include the $25 billion United States he'd tried to secure for the wall in a last-minute bargaining spree.

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