Trump wants the military to pay for the border wall. Yes, America's military.

Donald Trump.
(Image credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

He tried Mexico. He tried a congressional spending bill.

But President Trump couldn't get either one to fully pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, so he's quietly asking the military to do it.

To advisers and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Trump has mentioned that the Pentagon could fund the wall because it's a "national security risk," anonymous sources told The Washington Post.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up

The spending bill passed last week only funded $1.6 billion of the $25 billion Trump wanted for the wall. But the Pentagon got about $700 billion, and Trump has suggested funneling that money to wall construction through a tweet and conversations with White House officials, per the Post.

See more

Wall construction is still in the works, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday. But Trump would still need Congress to act to be able to use the 2018 or 2019 defense budget for the wall, and with Democrats fighting it every step of the way, officials told the Post that probably won't happen.

To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us