Border wall fight didn't really start until after GOP lost House

While President Donald Trump has repeatedly made clear his desire to build hundreds of miles of wall along the Mexican border since early in his campaign for President, the GOP Congress never really came close to approving billions of dollars for the wall, though there were certainly opportunities for Republicans at several points to win as much as $25 billion for the border while the GOP was in charge of Congress in 2017 and 2018 - but those efforts failed as most GOP lawmakers backed away from possible bipartisan immigration compromises.

As Republicans worked on two years of spending bills during the time that the GOP controlled the Congress under President Trump, lawmakers twice approved $1.6 billion for border security - but only for fencing and other defenses - not for the wall which was a central part of the President's campaign.

Here's a look at what the President asked for - and what the Congress did.

While the President says he wants $5.7 billion for the border wall now that Congress is divided between the two parties, he wasn't able to get any money at all for the wall when Republicans were in charge in 2017 and 2018.

And that makes it much more difficult to see how he gets the money in 2019, when the Congress is divided between Democrats and Republicans.

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