WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump expects to receive up to $8 billion additionally for the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico through declaring a state of emergency, NBC News reported, citing sources from the White House.
An administration official source told NBC News that Trump will announce he seeks an additional $8 billion for wall construction.
According to the source, along with the funds allocated by Congress, Trump is seeking to get $600 million from the Treasury Department's drug forfeiture fund, $2.5 billion from the Defense Department's drug interdiction program and $3.5 billion from the military construction budget.
This comes after on Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed a funding bill President Donald Trump is expected to sign to avert a federal government shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline. The bill includes only $1.375 billion of the $5.7 billion the president wants to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. However, the White House confirmed that Trump would take executive action to declare a national emergency on the US southern border in order to acquire the funding needed to build a border wall.
Trump is set to deliver remarks on the national security and humanitarian crisis on the US southern border from the White House’s Rose Garden on Friday at 10:00 a.m. local time (15:00 GMT), according to the president’s public schedule released on Thursday.
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