Top Trump officials huddling on immigration

Top Trump officials huddling on immigration
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Members of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE's Cabinet are reportedly expected to meet Tuesday at the White House to discuss issues related to border security and funding for Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump says Gen. Milley 'last person' he'd want to start a coup with Overnight Defense: Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld dies at 88 | Trump calls on Milley to resign | House subpanel advances Pentagon spending bill Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet MORE and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE are set to attend the meeting, administration officials told CNN.

The meeting is expected to cover a range of issues related to defense and Trump's proposal to use funds that Congress appropriated for the Pentagon to construct a border wall.

Trump has reportedly floated the idea to aides and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE (R-Wis.), calling it a national security issue. He suggested in a meeting last week that the Pentagon's massive budget could cover the costs of a southern border wall.


The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last month allocated $1.6 billion for border security and included restrictions on how the money can be spent, paving the way for it to go toward fencing and levees. 

The funding was far short of the $25 billion demanded by Trump for construction of his proposed border wall. The president has previously declared that Mexico would foot the bill for the wall.

The Pentagon has indicated that a reallocation of defense funds for the wall would likely require congressional approval, while Senate Democrats have suggested the move could be illegal.

The administration officials are reportedly also set to discuss the "caravans" of migrants panned by Trump in several tweets this week – a group of nearly 1,100 people traveling through Mexico to find political asylum in the United States.

The meeting did not appear on the White House schedule for Tuesday.