President Trump spoke at length about the wall he wants to construct on the southern border, saying it needs to be "transparent" in parts for better sight lines.
Trump also admitted that his proposed wall wouldn't cover the entire 2,000-mile border, an apparent reversal from earlier positions.
Donald Trump has revealed his much-vaunted border wall with Mexico will be shorter than originally planned and. transparent.
"Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority", House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter told the paper.
Throughout his run for president, Trump vowed repeatedly to build a border wall, one he initially promised Mexico would pay for.
The idea of a see-through border wall has been proposed before, in a manner of speaking. They will take the fight to the Democrats, potentially sparking a government shutdown in the fall.
Drug traffickers have used catapults and other innovative methods to transfer their illegal cargo, says the BBC's Will Grant in Mexico. This addition brings the total for the Homeland Security spending bill to $44.3 billion. "We're taking wall that was good but it's in very bad shape, and we're making it new", he said. "But you'll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles", he said.
"Big WIN today for building the wall".
In other comments, Trump spoke about Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Germany last week.
Conservatives are adamant that the wall be funded.
However, Congress did not approve any funding for wall construction this year - only cash for repairs to the existing fencing. This matches the president's request of funds to pay for the construction, Politico reported. "It is important for us to get the money".
His expansive comments about the wall were made available to reporters after at first being part of a discussion that an aide termed 'off the record. But it slashed US payments to the United Nations by $600 million and cut funding for multilateral organizations focused on topics such as climate change and debt relief by more than 60 percent.
They say U.S. authorities have threatened to take away children from parents who pursue asylum claims and given incorrect explanations, including that the United States no longer accepts asylum seekers from Mexico and Central America or mothers with children.
The numbers, though, show a different picture.
"I give you my word, and I don't give my word lightly", he continued.