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 helps raise million in first six months of 2021 Senate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to first Black NHL player Scott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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.”