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President Trump still wants a big, handsome wall on the Mexico border - but now he's floating the idea of the military paying for it. Ryan offered little reaction to the notion, these people said, but senior Capitol Hill officials later said it was an unlikely prospect.

At a 2015 GOP debate, then-candidate Trump told Wolf Blitzer that Mexico would, under no uncertain circumstances, be paying for the large-scale construction project though he couldn't explain how he would make that happen. Funds have only been appropriated to fix current fencing or build new fencing.

The idea is Trump's latest attempt to find a way to build the border wall he promised supporters during his campaign as Mexico has dismissed his call for Mexico to fund its construction.

Just days ago, Trump begrudgingly signed the omnibus spending bill, arguing it was a matter of "national security" and necessary "because we need to take care of our military".

In response, Trump is now reportedly looking to the Pentagon to pay for the wall.

The president signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that included a massive military funding increase last week, despite his unhappiness with the amount of money it put toward border security.

Departments have limited authority to reprogram funds without congressional approval.

He's told his near 50 million followers that now the military has recently got a tidy sum close to three quarters of a billion dollars, that's plenty of spare cash to build that wall.

"M" references the military, according to the Post. "First Mexico was supposed to pay for it, then United States taxpayers, and now our men and women in uniform?" General says time isn't "right" for space corps Dem Iraq War vets renew AUMF push on 15th anniversary of war House Hispanic Dems back Oakland mayor against ICE MORE (D-Ariz.) said in a statement Wednesday.

During a September trip to Mexico, Mattis emphasized that US-Mexican military ties were strong and that the two countries shared common concerns.

"The national security argument might hold a bit more water if the Trump administration hadn't targeted traditional border security measures for for cuts or delays in funding that experts say "[pose] a serious threat to border security".

That amount is well short of the $25 billion in long-term funding Trump was pursuing in negotiations with Democrats (offering three years of protections for young immigrants in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), and that stipulation means the prototype walls Trump has reviewed can not be used.