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Republicans Cast Doubt on Military Building Border Wall

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:03 PM

President Donald Trump’s idea to have the military build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has been met with skepticism from Republican legislators, The Hill reports.

Trump tweeted his plan Tuesday morning as part of a threat to Democrats if they block his request for $5 billion to build a wall on the southwest border.

“If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall. They know how important it is!” Trump tweeted.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questioned whether Trump could legally order the military to build a wall on the border, and said that it could cause “friction” with legislators.

“If the president has the authority to do it legally, if he has the authority to do it, I would think politically it’s one of his key campaign promises and he would want to keep it,” Rubio said, according to The Hill.

“But I don’t know if he has the legal authority and I’m not sure what kind of friction that would create with appropriators around here in future negotiations on other topics.” 

Anonymous sources among Senate Republicans told The Hill that Trump had brought up the idea in earlier talks with members of the GOP, but said that the lawmakers did not respond to the proposal.

“There was a discussion of it but on the question of how to work it there are a lot of closed doors,” said one unnamed Republican legislator, who is reportedly familiar with those internal discussions.

“What would DoD give up to pay for that?” the congressperson said. “That’s the question.”

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President Donald Trump's idea to have the military build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has been met with skepticism from Republican legislators.
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