Such a move requires legislative approval that is not likely to be forthcoming.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters: "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". According to the Washington Post, Trump is now hoping the USA military will foot the bill for his signature campaign promise on the grounds that every moment we're forced to live without a Southern border wall poses a "national security" risk.
In a tweet Tuesday, Trump argued that the military is "rich" and building a border wall is all about national defense because there are "enemy combatants pouring into our Country".More news: Gabriel Jesus goal gives Brazil revenge win to end Germany's unbeaten run
9 of 9 U.S. President Donald Trump inspects U.S. -Mexico border wall prototypes in San Diego, Calif., on March 13, 2018. The publication also reported that Trump was "spurned" last week when lawmakers dedicated $1.6 billion to the border wall, well short of the $25 billion he wanted.
Only $641 million is earmarked for new primary fencing in areas that now have no barriers, and the money can be spent only on "operationally effective designs" that were already deployed as of last May.
The border wall was one of the chief promises from Donald Trump while he was on the 2016 campaign trail, with Trump saying he planned to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border and that he would make Mexico pay for it. He is reportedly telling aides that this would be justified because it involves national security.
"Last year, I introduced an amendment that would have prevented Trump from irresponsibly siphoning our defense funds to pay for a useless wall that will do nothing to keep our nation safe".More news: Huawei P20 vs Huawei P10
Mattis has sought to distance himself from contentious issues, chief among them the border wall, that have wounded United States relations with its southern neighbor.
The "M" stands for military, not Mexico.
"We have shared security concerns. I'm going down to build the trust and show the respect on their Independence Day", Mattis said at the time. During his campaign, he stated, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best".
However, if the president is indeed considering using the military budget for the border wall, it might not be an easy task.More news: Turkish forces begin operation against PKK in Iraqi Sinjar city