Trump Administration releases 2020 budget today, stirring up more border wall controversy

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The Trump Administration is releasing its 2020 budget Monday.  And, it’s expected to be met with resistance, in part because of funding for President Trump’s long-promised wall.

President Donald Trump calls it, ‘A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First’.

The president’s plan promises a balanced budget in 15 years and calls for nearly $3 trillion in spending cuts.

And, of course, a wall. 

Larry Kudlow, Director of the United States National Economic Council, says, “The whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance. We have a crisis down there.” 

A White House official says President Trump is requesting $8.6 billion for the border wall.

But, Political Analyst Mark Preston says, “Democrats control the House, they have enough votes in the Senate to try to stop stuff from going through.”

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a statement blasting Trump’s “expensive and ineffective wall,” and saying Congress would not back the request.

National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd says, “Doubling down is doubly dangerous, as Pelosi and Schumer have pointed out, this could lead to another intractable set of negotiations that may be shut the government [down] again.”

Supporters say it’s a risk the president is willing to take.

Kudlow says, “We have to be much tougher and have a more constructive immigration policy, which we will be developing over a period of time. So, yes, he’s going to stay with his wall and he’s going to stay with the border security thing. I think it’s essential.” 

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