by Axios | 2.15.19
During today's Rose Garden announcement, President Trump laid out the administration’s plans to free up roughly $8 billion to be put toward building a wall on the southern border, $3.6 billion of which will be accessed through the declaration of a national emergency.
By the numbers: On a call with reporters Friday morning, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced the breakdown of those funds.
Mulvaney noted that no money is being pulled from the Texas disaster relief fund to build the wall.
Worth noting: $8 billion is more than the $5.7 billion Trump initially demanded from Democrats. A senior administration official said that they are freeing up an extra $2.3 billion to ensure that they have enough money to build the wall.
How it's playing: Trump's decision to invoke his emergency powers has drawn backlash from both Democrats and some Republicans who are concerned about the precedent it could set for future administrations.
What's next: The $3.6 billion being accessed through the emergency declaration will likely be challenged by the courts.
Go deeper: Why Trump is declaring an emergency
Written by Axios
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