Trump's budget will include $750B for defense, money for border wall

President Trump plans to include a significant request for border wall funding in his budget, according to a new report.

The Associated Press reported that the White House budget that will be released next week will include the request, along with $750 billion in defense spending and cuts to non-defense discretionary spending by 5 percent that will keep the budget under strict statutory spending caps.

Trump had said in October that he would request $700 billion for defense, $16 billion less than his previous budget, and asked Cabinet members to cut their budgets by 5 percent. However, a showdown with congressional Democrats in December over more than $5 billion in appropriations for border security, including a wall, led to the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history.

The president declared a national emergency over border security in February, which will allow him to divert $8 billion of previously appropriated money for the wall. Approximately $6 billion of that would come from military construction and the Defense Department's drug interdiction program.

Trump reiterated the need for a wall in a tweet Saturday, saying Border Patrol has apprehended many immigrants trying to enter the country illegally.

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