Is Mexico still paying for Donald Trump's border wall?

President Trump takes part in a forum

President Trump takes part in a forum

A Democratic lawmaker vowed Wednesday to reintroduce an amendment that would block Pentagon funding from being used for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border after reports President TrumpDonald John TrumpCigna says it has reduced customers use of opioids by 25 percent Greens launch campaign to get Pruitt fired White House: "Maximum pressure" campaign on North Korea is working MORE has floated using defense dollars to pay for it.

If Trump was to really pursue funding through the military budget, then he would need to get congressional approval, which isn't probable.

The report said that House Speaker Paul Ryan had little reaction to the proposal and others in Congress cast doubt on the idea of the military paying for it, the Washington Post added.

Building the wall was one of Trump's top campaign promises, and the idea that drew the loudest cheers from supporters at his rallies.

In pursuit of trying to uphold a promise he made during his campaign, to finance a US-Mexico border wall [VIDEO], the Trump failed to secure finances.

The Washington Post's Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and David Nakamura explain why President Trump still pledges to build a wall on the USA southern border.

In last week's budget, US$1.6 billion (NZ$2.2 billion) of United States taxpayer money was included, which Trump said was a down payment on the wall.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to offer more details about the military funding option in a briefing Tuesday, but she said discussions are ongoing.

President Trump still wants a big, attractive wall on the Mexico border - but now he's floating the idea of the military paying for it. In threat of a veto, Trump begrudgingly signed the spending bill Friday.

"There are a lot of things I am unhappy about in this bill", Mr. Trump said on March 23. But officials say the military is unlikely to pay for the wall, and even if the Pentagon was willing, it would require an act and the move would not get 60 votes in the Senate.

As CNN noted, Trump had already backed away from the idea that Mexico would pay for the border wall, saying instead that the US would initially pay for it and then seek to recoup some of the money through placing tariffs on Mexico or some other form of repayment.

While talks of alternative funding for the project seem to be picking up momentum, according to White House and Defense Department officials, the military is not likely going to fund the wall. This would be a blatant misuse of military funds and tied up in court for years.

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