Donald Trump signs budget bill after threatening veto
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 25, 2018,
Mar 25, 2018, 2:23
Trump now feels differently about the 2,300 page bill, and he tweeted that his considered veto might happen because his Wall "is not fully funded", and he accused Democrats of "totally abandon [ing]" DACA recipients. Whether or not Donald Trump actually cares about the fate of DACA recipients, it's reasonable to conclude that he cares less about them than he does about getting his way.
Just feet away from Trump's weekday residence at The White House, half a million people packed Pennsylvania Avenue for the March For Our Lives events against gun violence.
But the bill also provides $1.6 billion - far short of what the Trump administration has sought - for border security measures, including construction of a border wall with Mexico.
Republican leaders spent the past 24 hours selling the bill as a win on border security, despite the fact that it fails to give the president much funding for the wall he promised. A senior White House official said last week he remains opposed.
Trump's veto threat only intensified the blame game on Friday morning. Representative Tim Ryan said, let's not forget that you ended DACA and torpedoed every possible bipartisan fix.
And it's why Congress didn't respond to Trump's eleventh-hour veto threat over the wall and DACA with a scramble to make a deal.
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., on Thursday said the project would go on, and coyly hinted that it would get federal funding even with the omnibus provision now codified in law. YOU (or your minions) tanked it and turned us down.
As the six-month spending budget deal was coming together, there had been reports Trump had balked at the bill and had to be persuaded by Ryan to support it.
Republican leaders could have crafted a spending bill that met conservative demands, but it would fail in the Senate, where Democrats have enough votes to block legislation.
His approach is more likely to be in line with Trump's incoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who replaces Rex Tillerson, who Trump fired by tweet earlier this month.
"With that being said, I just want to thank everybody for being here. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus".
Instead, the only tweet put out by the President on Saturday morning concerned Friday's ISIS attack on a supermarket in the south of France which left three people dead.
But he also delivered a warning to lawmakers, though conservative figures quickly slammed him for saying it. But there is no indication that Trump shares those concerns.
In his White House address about the DACA-lacking omnibus, Trump spoke directly to the Hispanic community, telling them that the Democrats are decidedly not on their side.
Author Information: John Wagner is a national political reporter covering the White House.
The bill signing came a few hours after Trump created his latest round of last-minute drama by tweeting that he was "considering" a veto. And she cited the inclusion of measures aimed at upgrading firearm background checks and improving school safety.