President Donald Trump has been privately trying to get the military to pay for his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border, The Washington Post reports.
Trump reportedly began floating the idea of the Pentagon funding the wall's construction due to a "national security" risk after legislators appropriated just $1.6 billion of the $25 billion Trump wanted for the wall in the recent spending bill, according to anonymous sources.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted:
The president, after mentioning his idea to several advisers, then told House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., according to multiple unnamed people with knowledge of their meeting on Wednesday at the White House residence.
Ryan reportedly had little reaction to Trump's suggestion, which senior Capitol Hill officials described as unlikely to happen
"First Mexico was supposed to pay for it, then U.S. taxpayers, and now our men and women in uniform? This would be a blatant misuse of military funds and tied up in court for years. Secretary Mattis ought not bother and instead use the money to help our troops, rather than advance the president's political fantasies," Senate Minority Leader Chuck. Schumer, D-N.Y., told the Post in a statement.
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