Trump asks Supreme Court to unfreeze border wall money

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to let it use Pentagon money to build sections of the border wall with Mexico after two lower courts blocked it from doing so while a lawsuit over the money continues.

The Trump administration filed the request with the Supreme Court on Friday. Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled against the administration. It kept in place a lower court's freeze preventing the government from tapping Defense Department counterdrug money to build high-priority sections of the wall in Arizona, California and New Mexico.

At stake are billions of dollars that would allow President Donald Trump to make progress on a major 2016 campaign promise heading into his race for a second term.

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