In a meeting last Wednesday in the White House residence, President Trump told Speaker Ryan that the U.S. military should pay for his border wall, the WashPost’s Josh Dawsey and Mike DeBonis report. Trump has told advisers that he was spurned in a large spending bill last week when lawmakers appropriated only $1.6 billion for the border wall.
Ryan offered little reaction to the idea … [S]enior Capitol Hill officials later said it was an unlikely prospect. He has suggested to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis … that the Pentagon could fund the sprawling project, citing a ‘national security’ risk.
Be smart: Trump has to think of something. Some top alumni of his campaign think that the wall was such a centerpiece promise, it’s the one issue the base might desert over. So Trump has to come up with some plausible “wall” by 2020.
After floating the notion to several advisers last week, Trump told House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that the military should pay for the wall, according to three people familiar with the meeting last Wednesday in the White House residence. Ryan offered little reaction to the idea, these people said, but senior Capitol Hill officials later said it was an unlikely prospect.
The president’s pursuit of defense dollars to finance the U.S.-Mexico border wall underscores his determination to fulfill a campaign promise and build the barrier despite resistance in the Republican-led Congress. The administration’s last-minute negotiations with lawmakers to secure billions more for the wall failed, and Trump grudgingly signed the spending bill Friday after a short-lived veto threat.