Brian Kilmeade of Fox News reported that a White House official called him on Thursday and related that the Trump administration had already found how to re-allocate $8 billion for the border wall.
President Donald Trump surprised many when the White House confirmed that he would sign the budget bill negotiated between Congressional Democrats and Republicans, but would also declare a national emergency soon after.
This would allow the president to circumvent congressional approval for his wall, but many wondered how and where he would get the funding without Congress voting on it.
"The question was," asked Kilmeade, "would the president add something with that when he declares a national emergency?
"I just got off the phone with Mick Mulvaney, chief of the staff," he explained, "and the answer is a resounding yes. And for the first time you're going to hear exactly how much it is, and where the money's coming from.
"It's going to be about $8 billion," he explained. "He had the $1.3 billion, then $600 million will come from the Treasury, the Treasury Forfeiture Fund.
"$2.5 billion out of DOD," he continued, "they consulted with Mick Mulvaney and the White House on what they could actually do, they're gonna use some money they think they can spare from the Drug Interdiction Account.
"Then they came across $3.5 billion from the military reconstruction budget, they feel they can help in that respect," he concluded. "And of course, they have additional money, it all adds up to $8 billion."
The deal negotiated in Congress would give only $1.375 billion to border barriers, but the president said he would use his emergency powers to get the rest of the money needed from other sources.
Here's Brian Kilmeade reporting on the call:
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