President to announce plan to spend about $8B on border wall


FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. The Senate resoundingly approved a border security compromise Thursday that ignores most of President Donald Trump’s demands for building a wall with Mexico but would prevent a new government shutdown. (AP […]

WASHINGTON (ABC) On Friday, President Donald Trump will announce a plan to spend close to $8 billion on the border wall, according to ABC News.

The money will be a mix of spending from Congressional appropriations approved on Thursday, executive action, and an emergency declaration.

According to a senior White House official familiar with the plan, $1.375 billion will come from the spending bill Congress passed on Thursday.

Funds through executive action include $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund and $2.5 billion from the Pentagon’s drug interdiction program.

With the emergency declaration, $3.5 billion will come from the Pentagon’s military construction budget.

As a result, the total amount the President plans to spend on the wall is $7.975 billion.

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