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Amid opposition, Trump makes $1.6 bn budget request for Mexico border wall

Far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticised by Democrats & some Republicans

Reuters  |  Washington 

President Donald Trump is asking Congress for $1.6 billion to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticised by Democrats and even some conservative Republicans. An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan in February estimated the total cost for the wall at $21.6 billion, but the White House's budget proposal for 2018, released in full on Tuesday, included a request for just $1.6 billion. Two Republican aides in Congress said the modest request is an acknowledgement from the White House that ...

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First Published: Tue, May 23 2017. 23:35 IST
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