Trump’s annual budget demands extra $8.6 billion for border wall

Trump’s annual budget demands extra $8.6 billion for border wall

President Trump is demanding an additional $8.6 billion wall for his border wall in the annual budget the White House will release later this morning.

The request in the budget that’s six times more than what he secured through his national emergency is essentially dead on arrival.

Still, the White House is highlighting Trump’s desire to build 722 miles of barriers along the border as a way to combat drugs and crime with the allocation in the document outlining his preferred fiscal year 2020 spending.

‘As you know this is an area where we’re tired of being right,’ said acting Office of Management and Budget director Russ Vought on CNBC on Monday morning.

‘The border situation is deteriorating by the day. When we started the conversation throughout last year, Democrats were saying there’s no national emergency. They’re still saying that,’ he said. ‘But I don’t know how you can continue to make that assertion.’

The White House’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposes a five percent increase in defense, taking military spending up to $750 billion, up from $716 in the current fiscal year.

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