January 8, 2019 / 7:35 PM / a month ago

Senior Republican congressman opposes using U.S. defense funds for border wall

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee said on Tuesday he was against using military funds for building a wall President Donald Trump wants to construct on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I am opposed to using defense dollars for non-defense purposes,” Representative Mac Thornberry told reporters.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by James Dalgleish

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