[size=18]Trump seeks $ 8.6 billion to build the wall with Mexico
The amount is also six percent higher than that Trump re-allocated to build the US wall with Mexico after declaring a national emergency this year.
"This gives Trump the ability to say he has kept his promise to control the south-western border," a Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of the president's request for the budget.
"The question is, will Congress allow us to complete this work?" Said a second administration official.
Legislation must be passed before October 1, when the federal fiscal year 2020 begins, or the government will again face closure.
Until now, the fence has been built 179 km (9 miles) away, whether finished or under construction, officials said.
In fiscal year 2017, $ 341 million was allocated for the construction of 64 kilometers, and $ 1.375 billion was allocated to finance the construction of another 132 kilometers in 2018.
Trump requested fiscal year 2019 funding of $ 5.7 billion for the wall, but Congress approved only $ 1.375 billion Dollars.
After his request was rejected, Trump announced a national emergency, in a move opposed by Democrats and some Republicans.
He redirected $ 601 million in funds confiscated by the Treasury Department, $ 2.5 billion from anti-drug allocations and $ 3.6 billion from the military construction budget, bringing the total spending on the wall to $ 8.1 billion.[/rtl]