President Donald Trump approaches reporters to talk before he leaves South South Lawn of the White House on March 8 2019 in Washington, DC
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President Donald Trump will start the week by setting up what will undoubtedly be a connection with the Democrats in Congress. On Monday, the president will be asking Congress for $ 8.6 billion in additional funding for his pledged wall along the US-Mexico border as part of his 2020 budget proposal. The proposal is almost certainly dead upon arrival, considering that Trump had previously requested $ 5.7 billion to build a wall and the subsequent battle led to the longest government closure in history. When Trump did not get what he wanted, he explained a national emergency to gain access to cash that had been denied by Congress. The new inquiry will include $ 5 billion in funding for the home office and $ 3.6 billion for the Pentagon’s military construction budget.
The supplementary funding request was first reported by Reuters and confirmed by others before the White House’s financial advisor Larry Kudlow did not deny it in an interview with Fox News Sunday . When anchor Chris Wallace asked him if the additional $ 8.6 billion would spark “another budget fight over the wall,” Kudlow said it was the safe bet. “I guess it will be” he said . “I would just say that the whole issue of wall and border security is paramount. We have a crisis down there. I think the president has made this case very effective. It is an economic crisis. It is a crisis of crime and drugs. It is a humanity crisis, we must be much harder and have a more constructive immigration policy, which we will develop over a period of time. “
The money Trump asks to It would be beyond what he already has access to for the wall. The congress approved nearly $ 1.4 billion for frontier barriers and through the emergency declaration, Trump may receive another $ 3.6 billion.
Democratic leaders immediately made it clear that the request was a non-launch. “President Trump injured millions of Americans and caused outbursts in chaos when he anxiously closed the government to try to get his expensive and inefficient wall,” said Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer in a joint statement. Congress refused to fund its wall and he had to admit defeat and resume government. The same will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he taught us his lesson. “
As part of the draft budget, Trump will also seek a 5 percent cut across the board on domestic spending, Kudlow said. The exception would be defense spending that would be boosted by $ 750 billion and popular rights programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Help us continue to cover the news and issues that are important to you and Join the Slate Plus
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