Now Trump Wants the US Military to Pay for the Wall

President Trump takes part in a forum

President Trump frequently said Mexico would pay for a wall along the southern border as he sought the presidency in 2016.

Congressional budgeting is done with very specific instructions for how dollar amounts are spent. Now the president is floating a new idea: Have the Pentagon pay for it.

Donald Trump holds a sign supporting his plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

In a tweet Tuesday, Trump argued that the military is "rich" and building a border wall is all about national defense because there are "enemy combatants pouring into our Country". "If this is part of training exercise, we've had the military build walls in other places including Iraq then it's possible it would be legal to use DOD resources for that objective".

The omnibus spending bill, which Trump threatened to veto hours before a potential government shutdown, only included $1.6 billion for border fencing, not the $25 billion for the wall Trump was seeking.

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.

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Trump has apparently already publicly made this declaration. According to two advisers, the "M" refers to the military.

Re-allocating Pentagon funds requires votes in Congress, and taking money away from the 2018 budget for the wall would also require an act of Congress, according to a senior Pentagon official.

The report said two advisers confirmed the "M" was a reference to the military and that three people familiar with the Trump-Ryan meeting noted little reaction from Ryan to Trump's proposal to have the military fund construction of the wall.

6 of 9 Demonstrators place a banner reading "Trump stop massive deportations", during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's migration policies on the Mexican side of the U.S. -Mexico border in Tijuana.

Trump has also suggested to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that the Pentagon pay for the wall rather than the Homeland Security Department. Trump discussed the idea with House Speaker Paul Ryan, while reviewing the omnibus spending bill, which doesn't include funding for building the wall. He wants to have the USA military fund the construction of the project.

"We can't allow Donald Trump to steal already-limited resources from our troops to fund a pointless border wall that will serve little other objective than to satisfy his own fragile ego", Rep.

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