The move by the Pentagon would transfer money from National Guard units, aircraft procurement and shipbuilding to anti-drug accounts that can finance the wall’s construction.
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The president tweeted “VETO!” and it is unlikely that Congress could raise the two-thirds majorities needed to override his action.
The deal provides a fraction of the funds President Trump wanted to build a U.S.-Mexico barrier. He could divert more money with the national emergency declaration.
The compromise to keep the government open involves less funding than President Trump sought for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
An ice storm in November downed trees in parts of Shenandoah National Park. But workers had to put clean-up efforts on hold because of the federal government shutdown.
President Trump’s proposal includes funding for a border wall, while a House-passed package would temporarily reopen the government.
The inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services says officials were stepping up family separations long before then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposed a zero-tolerance policy at the U.S.-Mexico border last spring.
The president is looking for new ways to build the “big, beautiful wall” he promised during the campaign.
A Twitter exchange with the Mexican president led to canceling a bilateral work session. The news came as Trump met with key Republican leaders.