AP FACT CHECK: Is There New Border Wall Money in the Budget?

5/2/2017 New York Times

theeconomistWASHINGTON — The Trump administration sought Tuesday to defend its budget compromise with Congress, saying it’s a start to President Donald Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” at the Mexican border. But it claimed more than the deal really provides.

A sampling of statements:

TRUMP: “This includes swiftly replacing ineffective and failing fences and walls with an unbreakable barrier,” the president said during a Rose Garden ceremony. “And we’re putting up a lot of new walls in certain areas. We’re putting up a tremendous amount of money to fix the existing structures that we have, some of which we can keep into the future. They’re in good shape, but we have to bring them back to the highest level. We’ll be doing that with this payment. And make no mistake, we are beginning to build the wall and we will keep out the gang members, criminals, drug and human traffickers that threaten our citizens and that threaten our security.”

BUDGET DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY: “And we’re going to build this,” Mulvaney told a briefing. “There are several hundreds of millions of dollars for us to replace cyclone fencing with 20-foot high steel wall. There’s several hundreds of millions of dollars in the bill for us. There’s several hundreds of millions of dollars for us to build levee walls along the southern border. And as many of you know who follow this issue, some of the most vulnerable areas that we have are places along rivers where we desperately need levees in order to provide the protection of the southern border that we — that we need, OK?”

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