US President Donald Trump will look for $8.6 billion in fresh funding for a divider on the US-Mexico fringe in the 2020 budget request, likely triggering another battle with Congress, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday. The request, which is to be revealed Monday, would far surpass the $5.7 billion Trump requested a year ago, which prompted an impasse that brought about a 35-day halfway shutdown of the US government, the longest ever.
Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer discredited the move, cautioning Trump that another legislative defeat would anticipate him. Kudlow, interviewed on “Fox News Sunday,” conceded that the new demand would almost certainly mean a restored battle in Congress over divider subsidizing.
“I suppose there will be,” he said. But he said Trump “is going to stay with his wall. He is going to stay with his border security. I think it’s essential.”
In a joint articulation, Pelosi and Schumer charged that Trump “hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall.”
“Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson,” they said.
The Washington Post detailed that the president’s demand for divider financing will come as $5 billion from the Department of Homeland Security and another $3.6 billion from the Pentagon.
That will be over the $6.7 billion in divider subsidizing that Trump has ordered redirected from other government programs under a national crisis he pronounced a month ago.
He pronounced the crisis after the Congress endorsed just $1.375 billion for construction of 55 miles (90 kilometers) of obstructions along the border in Texas.
On a different issue, Kudlow communicated hopefulness that US financial development will outperform three percent “in 2019 and beyond,” including that the 2020 budget envisions a five percent decrease in government spending.