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Axios: Trump considers using Pentagon budget to build border wall

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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 in front of a prototype for his proposed US-Mexico border wall last year.
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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.

Read more: Trump’s $5 billion border wall plan could wreak environmental havoc, causing rivers to flood and animals to become ‘zombie species’

Members of American Legion Post 416 watch President Donald Trump speak on January 8, 2019 in Encinitas, California.
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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.

Read more:How much more American blood must we shed?’: Trump addresses the nation amid government shutdown over border-wall funding

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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