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Exclusive: Trump to ask for $8.6 billion for wall

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Published on March 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:08s

Exclusive: Trump to ask for $8.6 billion for wall

President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall he promised to build on the southern border with Mexico, officials familiar with his 2020 budget request told Reuters.

Tamara Lindstrom reports.

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Exclusive: Trump to ask for $8.6 billion for wall

Hell-bent on fulfilling his campaign promise, President Donald Trump is planning to ask Congress on Monday for an additional $8.6 billion dollars to help pay for a wall along the US border with Mexico.

SOUNDBITE (English) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON FEB 11, SAYING: "We're setting the stage, we're setting the table.

We're doing whatever we have to do..." That's according to sources who told Reuters exclusively that Trump's demand is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than Trump has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year.

While Republicans control the Senate, Democrats, who oppose the wall, control the U.S. House of Representatives, making it unlikely the Republican president's request will win congressional passage.

The President's proposal comes on the heels of a bruising battle with Congress over wall funding that resulted in a five-week partial government shutdown, and could touch off a sequel this fall.

If Congress and the White House fail to agree to lift mandatory spending caps, steep automatic cuts would kick in.

Lawmakers must also agree to lift the debt ceiling, or risk a default and chaotic economic fallout.

And, If a budget is not passed by the October first deadline, the government could shut down again.

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