On Monday morning, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said that President Donald Trump can use recently allocated funding for border security to begin building his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.
Many people are confused about the $1.6 billion allocated by Congress in its recent spending bill.
Of that $1.6 billion, only approximately $650 million can actually be used to bolster existing fencing along the border.
“Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy questioned Gidley, “The speaker told us you can use concrete. Senator Schumer says you can’t. Only improve the fence. What are you saying there? You can use it?”
Gidley responded, “It’s my understanding you can.” He also noted that the “Hispanic caucus came out vehemently against this bill for two reasons. One is because in the letter they wrote to the president it bolsters the president’s deportation force, quote-unquote, and it builds a wall.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Congress has authorized “100 miles” of new wall in the new spending bill.
The $650 million in funding, although, fails to reach the $25 billion President Donald Trump has repeatedly requested for his signature campaign promise.
President has proposed using funds allocated for the U.S. military in order to fund the wall’s construction.
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