A new report has revealed that US President Donald Trump is privately pushing the Pentagon to pay for the construction of his proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.
The revelation was made in a report published by The Washington Post on Tuesday.
According to the report, Trump privately floated the idea of funding the construction of a southern border wall with Mexico through the US military budget in conversations with advisers last week, saying that the issue was related to a “national security risk.”
Citing three sources familiar with the conversations, the paper said Trump had told US House Speaker Paul Ryan in a meeting that the Defense Department should pay for the wall while Ryan had offered little reaction to the idea.
A senior US administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed that Trump had made the suggestion as an alternative way to pay for the US-Mexico border wall, saying,…