Trump request more funds

Donald Trump will ask Congress to provide $8.6bn for his US-Mexico border wall when he presents his 2020 budget, setting the stage for another battle with Democrats over what they dismiss as a “vanity” project.

Background

The Mexico–United States barrier, sometimes colloquially called the Border Wall, is a series of vertical barriers along the Mexico–United States border aimed at preventing illegal crossings from Mexico into the United States. The barrier is not one contiguous structure, but a discontinuous series of physical obstructions variously classified as "fences" or "walls".

Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for the construction of a much larger and fortified border wall, claiming that if elected, he would "build the wall and make Mexico pay for it." Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said his country would not pay for the wall. On January 25, 2017, the Trump administration signed Executive Order 13767, which formally directed the US government to begin attempting to construct a border wall using existing federal funding. 

The 2018-2019 Government shutdown was ended when Congress passed a continuing resolution which allocated close to $1.375 billion for Trump’s border wall.

Analysis

Larry Kudlow, the top White House economic adviser, said that Mr Trump would request additional money for the wall, which was one of the core planks of his 2016 presidential campaign. A senior US administration official said the request would be $8.6bn.

The request comes as Democrats and some Republicans try to block the president’s recent declaration of a national emergency, which was an effort to bypass Congress and obtain money for the wall. Mr Trump took the contentious measure after Congress provided just $1.4bn for the wall for fiscal 2019.

The fight over the wall is expected to intensify this year as a large field of Democrats attacks Mr Trump as part of their campaign to become the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election. Speaking in South Carolina over the weekend, Kamala Harris, the California senator, slammed Mr Trump for his push for border wall money.

Assessment

Our assessment is that President Trump is fighting an increasingly uphill battle with Congress over the funding of the wall despite no credible threat from the southern border. We believe that the Democrat-led House of Representatives will not allocate any more funds for the wall without due cause. 

 

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