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Donald Trump could ask Congress, not Mexico, to pay for his wallby Circa News
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President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has signaled to Congress that the president-elect would prefer to begin funding his wall on the border with Mexico through government appropriations, reports CNN

This move would directly conflict with Trump's repeated promise that Mexico would pay for the infamous border wall. 

The Trump team has argued that they would have the authority to ask Congress to build the wall due to a Bush-era bill passed in 2006. However, they would need Congress to also fund its construction. 

"It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that's already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump's campaign pledge to secure the border," said Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) to CNN.  

The move has already drawn criticism on social media. 

Some in the Republican Congressional leadership, however, have been noncommittal about saying whether they would approve federal funding for the wall. 

"We want President Trump to have all the tools he needs to build the wall," said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). "We're in talks with him on the details of it as they're still putting together their team. We still got a few months before there's another funding bill that's going to move. We're going to work with him to make sure we can get it done. We want to build a wall. He wants to build a wall."

Some online Trump devotees might be a little disappointed at the news.