President Donald Trump was “unhappy” about signing a $1.3 trillion spending bill after he forced it down Congress’ throat.
Trump signed the legislation aimed at funding the government through September while claiming that he did so only to support national security reasons.
After a rushed process to pass the bill, Trump said he was “disappointed” with the quick turnaround and promised he would “never another bill like this again.”
“We’re very proud of many of the items that we’ve been able to get. We’re very disappointed that in order to fund the military, we had to give up things where we consider in many cases them to be bad or them to be a waste of money. But that’s the way unfortunately right now the system works,” Trump said from the White House.
The 45th POTUS then claim he “looked very seriously” at a veto but decided to needed to pass for the sake of the U.S. military.
What Trump Supports
The President, who has been gutting various U.S. agencies including the EPA and National Parks, was happy to point out the massive spending increases he endorsed from the bill.
Trump highlighted the portions of the bill he supports which includes an $80 billion increase in defense spending and a $1.6 billion boost to border security funding. Funding for the U.S. border is focused on equipment spend and securing already established fencing systems.
Attacking Dems And DACA
In a tweet Friday morning, Trump said he was “considering a VETO” because Democrats didn’t include protection for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants by agreeing to fully fund his proposed border wall.
In reality, Trump has been attempting to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and reportedly wanted $25 billion in long-term wall funding in exchange for protections for the young immigrants.
Despite Democrat support, the President tweeted, “I do want the Hispanic community to know and DACA recipients to know that Republicans are much more on your side than the Democrats, who are using you for their own purposes.”
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., whom Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell persuaded not to delay the Senate vote on the bill asked the President to “veto this sad excuse for legislation.”
⚡️ “Tweeting the 2018 Omnibus”https://t.co/qgTCivVbrX
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
Representative Ted Lieu of California supported a veto. He criticized the rushed process by which Congress passed the legislation.
On Trump veto threat, Freedom Caucus vice chair @Jim_Jordan tells me: “I think it’s great and hope he does it."
— Ylan Q. Mui (@ylanmui) March 23, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was the architect behind the spending bill, traveling to the White House this week to win Trump’s support for the plan. “This funds the wall, fixes the military, fights opioids and does the things that we said,” Ryan said Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
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