Trump signs spending bill he threatened to veto, citing "national security"

26 March, 2018, 02:40 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • US President Donald Trump said the United States would abandon the Paris climate deal- but was open to negotiating a new one

Lord, who worked as associate political director for President Ronald Reagan, explained he was familiar with the politics of getting the bill approved into law, but said his primary focus was on Republican lawmakers whom he said were unable to "get a grip".

He also took a shot at Democrats in that tweet, saying "had to waste money on Dem giveaways", but didn't mention DACA.

Perhaps for the president, the reasons are not precisely the abandonment of DACA, but the fact that the bill does not eliminate any of the programs or agencies that Trump longed to finalize, protects some priorities of the Obama era and even expands them.

"For the last eight years, deep defense cuts have undermined our national security". "The Democrats just fought every single inch of the way".

In recent weeks, opioid addiction has been an area of concern for both parties and was awarded $2.8 billion. They did not want Daca in this bill ...

FILE - Prototypes for U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico are seen behind the current border fence in this picture taken from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, Oct. 12, 2017. The White House also issued a formal statement of administration policy indicating Trump would sign the bill.

A $1.3 trillion spending package approved Thursday by the House and early Friday by the Senate includes almost $448 million for Environmental Protection Agency programs benefiting regional waters degraded by pollution, overdevelopment and exotic species invasions.

"There are a lot of things that I'm unhappy about in this bill", he said in a hastily arranged and meandering address.

Despite signing the measure, Trump did not hide his disgust about the closed-door process and the forced rapid-fire votes of approval ahead of a shutdown deadline.


The White House and Republican lawmakers and sought to strike a deal with Democrats that would have included border wall funding and provide legal status or citizenship for DACA recipients, but a deal has remained elusive.

After his senior staff spent Thursday guaranteeing he would sign the massive piece of legislation, the president - as he so often does - abruptly flipped the script Friday morning.

"We have tremendous opposition to creating really what will be by far the strongest military we've ever had", Trump said. Rand Paul, who was hoping that Trump would veto the bill.

"I looked very seriously at the veto", Trump told reporters in the White House's Diplomatic Room, adding that he ultimately signed it due to an increase in defense spending.

Oh, and one of the people rumored to be up for the job of V.A. secretary - if the president decides to make a change - is none other than Pete Hegseth, the Fox News personality who quite possibly prompted Trump's morning veto threat. We wanted to have them in this bill. I am just down the street and will bring you a pen.

Amid calls for bipartisanship, the president has continued to blame Democrats for the impasse on DACA.

In summary, the financing project that Trump introduced through his budget chief Mick Mulvaney, was not satisfied practically at all.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the freedom caucus and a friend of the president, said in a tweet that the group would "fully support" a veto, adding that Congress should pass a short-term budget resolution while Trump and congressional leaders "negotiate a better deal for the forgotten men and women of America".

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