After floating the notion to several advisers last week, he told House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that the military should pay for the wall, according to three people familiar with the meeting last Wednesday in the White House residence.
Donald Trump holds a sign supporting his plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted about the wall, writing, "Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense". The publication also reported that Trump was "spurned" last week when lawmakers dedicated $1.6 billion to the border wall, well short of the $25 billion he wanted.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters: "I can't get into the specifics of that at this point, but I can tell you that the continuation of building the wall is ongoing, and we're going to continue moving forward in that process".More news: Ex-Catalan minister Clara Ponsati arrested in Scotland
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.
Re-allocating Pentagon funds requires votes in Congress, and taking money away from the 2018 budget for the wall would also require an act of Congress, according to a senior Pentagon official. "Trump has said he would seek that payment in the form of a refund, either through trade negotiations, remittance payments or other means". Trump tweeted on Sunday, apparently referring to the USA military, not Mexico.
The "M" stands for military, not Mexico.
Gallego's amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a year ago was seen as largely symbolic since there had been no proposal to use Pentagon funding for the wall.
After failing to receive the money for his pet project from Mexico and the omnibus spending bill, Trump is said to be quietly petitioning, by way of the Pentagon, for taxpayer money.
As the Washington Post reported, Trump has suggested to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and leaders in Congress that the construction of the border wall would address a "national security" risk and that the Pentagon should pay for it.