TRUMP AD­MIN EYES DIS­AS­TER MONEY TO FUND BOR­DER WALL

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Wash­ing­ton -- The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­sid­er­ing us­ing bil­lions in un­spent dis­as­ter re­lief funds ear­marked for ar­eas in­clud­ing hur­ri­cane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's bor­der wall as he weighs sign­ing a na­tional emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion to get it built with­out Congress.

The White House has di­rected the Army Corps of Engi­neers to comb through its bud­get, in­clud­ing $13.9 bil­lion in emer­gency funds that Congress ear­marked last year, to see what money could be di­verted to the wall as part of a dec­la­ra­tion. That's ac­cord­ing to a con­gres­sional aide and ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly. AP

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