White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Sunday mentioned the Trump administration will roll out a budget on Monday that will include funds to construct the president’s long-promised wall alongside the Mexican border.
He mentioned the plan would come with $3 billion for the barrier and a contingency for $25 billion over two years if Congress approves laws to defend “Dreamers,” immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, from deportation.
“What I’m saying in a very confusing way is that we are assuming in our 2018 proposal that a DACA deal is done and that the border wall is funded,” he mentioned, referring to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Trump on Friday signed a bipartisan $400 billion spending bill that can benefit the military and generate “jobs, jobs, jobs,” however that would also create a projected deficit of $1.2 trillion in 2019 and higher within the coming years.
Mulvaney acknowledged that’s “probably close to accurate” but mentioned the White House is working on methods to reduce the deficits.
“The truth of the matter is that when we roll out the budget on Monday … you’re going to get a chance to see how we can avoid that future,” he mentioned on Fox.
“The budget does bend the trajectory down, it does move us back towards balance. It does get us away from trillion-dollar deficits.”
But he stated he believes lawmakers in Congress will burn through the allotted funds and, if that’s the case, the spending ought to mirror the president’s agenda.
“So take the money that the Democrats want to put to these social programs and move it to things like infrastructure, move it to things like opioid relief, move it to things that are in line with the president’s priorities so that if it does get spent, at least it gets spent to the right places,” he stated.