Апреля 24 2018


Trump privately presses for military to pay for border wall

Апреля 24 2018, 06:52 | Irvin Gilbert

Trump privately presses for military to pay for border wall

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In last week's budget, US$1.6 billion (NZ$2.2 billion) of U.S. taxpayer money was included, which Trump said was a down payment on the wall.

On Sunday, President Deals tweeted "Build Wall through M!" "But Mr. Trump didn't make a billion dollars without outfoxing people, and boy, he outsmarted them on this one", said Morris with a laugh.

The Washington Post reported that, according to three sources familiar with the matter, Trump mentioned the idea to several advisers last week, and the President ultimately talked to House Speaker Paul Ryan, as well.

But the report added that Trump remains determined to build the border wall and fulfill his campaign promise, leading to disappointment that he could not receive funding in a spending bill he signed on Friday after briefly threatening to veto it.

The Washington Post says the leader wants the US-Mexico border to be declared a "national security" risk in order to get more money.

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Perhaps the most notable refrain from Trump's 2016 presidential campaign rallies was an audience call-and-response in which Trump, after whipping up his crowd by first insisting that he would build a wall if elected, then asked, "And who's going to pay for the wall?" But Gallego argued it was needed as a pre-emptive measure since Trump could look to Defense Department coffers when he had trouble getting Mexico to pay for the wall, as he promised. Taking money from the current 2018 budget for the wall would require an act of Congress, said a senior Pentagon official.

Kelly also reportedly said what we already figured out: that there wouldn't be a wall "that Mexico will pay for". The sources tell the Washington Post that Trump, anxious that failure to build the promised wall will cause supporters to desert him, has been privately pushing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, among others, to make the wall a military-funded project because of national security fears.

So far, government funds have only been allocated to fencing along the border, but no new wall is now being built. "First Mexico was supposed to pay for it, then United States taxpayers, and now our men and women in uniform?"

Last week, Trump said "much can be done" with the $1.6 billion for the wall, calling it "just a down payment", suggesting "the rest of the money will come". He wants to have the U.S. military fund the construction of the project.

The urgency to strike a deal reflected the growing sense that the spending bill represented the last chance for the Trump administration to secure substantial wall funding, at least in his first term.

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