WH ‘Can’t Get Into the Specifics’ of Trump’s Proposal for Using Military Funds to Build Border Wall

By Melanie Arter | March 28, 2018 | 1:48pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Tuesday said it couldn’t weigh in on the specifics of President Donald Trump’s weekend tweet calling for using funds allocated for military spending in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to build a border wall.

When asked if the president believes he can use funds meant for the Defense Department for wall construction without a vote from Congress and whether anyone at the White House has examined that, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “I can’t get into the specifics of that at this point, but I can tell you that the continuation of building the wall is ongoing, and we’re going to continue moving forward in that process.”

Sanders said the administration would push forward on building the wall “until it’s fully completed in the way that the president feels is necessary to defend the country.”

When asked whether it’s true at this point that Mexico won’t pay for the wall, Sanders said, “I’m not going to go beyond what the president’s already said. I think he still has plans to look at potential ways for that to happen.”

As CNSNews.com previously reported, Trump tweeted: "Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense. Build WALL through M!" (M stands for military.)

In a second tweet, Trump wrote: "Much can be done with the $1.6 Billion given to building and fixing the border wall. It is just a down payment. Work will start immediately. The rest of the money will come - and remember DACA, the Democrats abandoned you (but we will not)!"

“Back to the border wall, which of course was one of the president’s biggest campaign promises. $655 billion has been earmarked for defense spending in the omnibus spending bill, and the president appears to believe that he can take some of that money to build the border wall with Mexico. Is the president aware that he would be overstepping his executive authority if he did such a thing without congressional approval?” a reporter asked.

“As I said I don’t have any specific announcements or details on that front at this point,” Sanders replied.

“Did the White House counsel inform him that notwithstanding that tweet that he put out over the weekend it may be unconstitutional to do what the president is contemplating?” the reporter asked.

“The president would certainly work with White House counsel to make sure any action he takes is fully within his rights and his executive authority,” Sanders said.

 

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