Did President Trump pull one over on the Democrats (and more than a few recalcitrant Republicans) when he signed their bloated, ungodly $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that only provided $1.6 billion for border wall construction?
According to the report, Trump floated the idea to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday, receiving little reaction, though unnamed senior officials later dismissed the viability of the proposal.
The Washington Post reported that, in an infraction with senior aides last week, Trump mentioned how the Defense Department was receiving such a large budget from the spending bill (about $700 billion) and that the Pentagon would be able to fund the project.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gloated on Sunday that the budget Trump signed last week did not include money for a new wall: "I remind the president, he did campaign on the wall, and guess who he said would pay for it?"
President Donald Trump is still trying to build that wall-yes, the wall that would divide the USA from Mexico.
4 of 9 The president has warned there would be "bedlam" without the controversial wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico.
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The president went on to tout how the military would be investing the new funding, highlighting money tagged for tanks, F-35 fighter jets, Black Hawk helicopters and new naval ships.
CBS's Paula Reid says the President's signature campaign promise could be being paid by Americans.
In 2017, President Trump reiterated that Mexico will "absolutely" fund the wall while sitting next to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at a G20 meeting.
The Washington Post's Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and David Nakamura explain why President Trump still pledges to build a wall on the USA southern border.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said to the newspaper: "First Mexico was supposed to pay for it, then United States taxpayers, and now our men and women in uniform?"
It sounds unlikely that the president will make any real progress on his border wall during his current term. This would be a blatant misuse of military funds and tied up in court for years.
"I can't get into the specifics of that at this point, but I can tell you that the continuation of building the wall is ongoing, and we're going to continue moving forward in that process", Sanders told reporters.