Trump is considering a raid on the Pentagon budget to fund his border wall, report says

Trump defense billPresident Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill authorizing $716 billion in defense spending, which includes a pay raise for US troops.Carolyn Kaster/AP

  • President Donald Trump instructed the White House budget office to look into using the Department of Defense's budget to build his desired border wall, Axios reported.
  • Specifically, the office is said to be looking into using Pentagon funds without going through Congress.
  • The news comes 19 days into a partial government shutdown as a result of a disagreement between Trump and Congressional Democrats on funding the $5 billion wall.

The White House is considering using the Pentagon budget to fund President Donald Trump's proposed $5 billion border wall between US and Mexico, according to Axios.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been looking into ways to secure funding for the wall without going through Congress, the news site reported, citing a source close to OMB Deputy Director Russ Vought.

Trump border wall prototypesPresident Donald Trump talks with a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agent while participating in a tour of US-Mexico border wall prototypes.Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Specifically, the OMB - under Trump's command - is looking into whether he can use Department of Defense money to fund the wall without requiring Congress' permission, Axios said.

It is "one of a couple of possibilities being seriously contemplated," the news site added.

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Donald TrumpENCINITAS, CA - JANUARY 8: Members of American Legion Post 416 watch President Donald Trump speak on January 8, 2019 in Encinitas, California. The president spoke in his first prime-time address from the Oval Office in an effort to build support for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall.Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

The the news comes 19 days into a partial federal government shutdown, which began on December 22 when Trump reached a stalemate with Congressional Democrats while trying to secure $5 billion of funding for his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.

Trump addressed the nation during prime time TV Tuesday night, characterizing the state of the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" that only Congress can solve by building a physical wall.

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The president has routinely blamed Congressional Democrats for refusing to fund the wall, which was the central pledge of his 2016 presidential campaign.

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