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GOP senator: Congress will 'absolutely' have say in Pentagon funding border wall

GOP senator: Congress will 'absolutely' have say in Pentagon funding border wall
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Republican Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTrump endorses Tim Scott for reelection This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Lobbying world MORE (R-S.C.) in an interview broadcast Sunday said Congress should have a say in the Pentagon potentially funding a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, an idea President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE has reportedly floated in recent days.

“Well, certainly, I think it would take an act of Congress to make sure that we prioritize and appropriate the dollars for that objective. The reality of it is, as commander in chief he can certainly send signals through [Defense] Secretary [James] Mattis to have a conversation with Congress about where those dollars should be spent,” Scott told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Scott’s comments come after the Washington Post reported last week that the president is urging the Pentagon to pay for the border wall.

The South Carolina senator touted increased military spending, but said Congress will “absolutely” need to be part of any decision about the military paying for the wall, which was one of Trump’s signature campaign promises.

“However, our southern border is very porous. The truth is that more folks came through our southern border that did not come from Mexico,” said Scott. “So it is certainly a national security issue.”