Trump highlighted the portions of the bill he supports: the nearly $80 billion increase in defense spending, a $1.6 billion boost to border security funding along with also a cash injection to fight the opioid epidemic. The border money will go mostly toward surveillance technology along with also fencing similar to structures of which already exist on the southern border. The amount of funding came in far below what the president wanted.
In a tweet Friday morning, Trump said he was “considering a VETO” because the proposal did not extend protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants or fully fund his proposed border wall.
The president’s tweet threw more chaos into the process to keep the government running Friday, even after of which looked like Trump’s signature might be a sure thing. Vice President Mike Pence offered support for the bill Thursday. Office of Management along with also Budget Director Mick Mulvaney answered “yes” on Thursday when asked if Trump might sign the bill.
“Why? Because of which funds his priorities,” he told reporters.
The legislation, which both chambers of Congress passed with bipartisan support, might fund the government through the end of September. of which might significantly boost military spending along with also increase funding for border security, infrastructure along with also efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.
of which also includes measures meant to strengthen gun sale background checks along with also improve school safety.
When Trump threatened a veto, many lawmakers had already left Washington. Some are in Rochester, brand-new York, for the funeral Friday of longtime Rep. Louise Slaughter, who died last week. The Senate had adjourned along with also was not likely to take up legislative work again until April 9.
While Trump cheered the military funding levels, he was irked by the level of border security funding. While Republicans along with also the president himself have said the bill funds Trump’s “wall,” the money goes to miles of brand-new fencing similar to existing structures.
Trump, who has tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, reportedly wanted $25 billion in long-term wall funding in exchange for protections for the young immigrants. Democrats along with also some Republicans have sought to extend the DACA program. Trump reportedly did not want to give up to 1.8 million immigrants a pathway to citizenship as part of of which deal, as Democrats wanted.
On Friday, Trump claimed Democrats do not want to extend the legal protections for the immigrants.
“I do want the Hispanic community to know along with also DACA recipients to know of which Republicans are much more on your side than the Democrats, who are using you for their own purposes,” he said.
Some notable Republicans who opposed the spending bill encouraged Trump to torpedo of which on Friday after his veto threat. Earlier, House Freedom Caucus Vice Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio told CNBC the veto threat “will be great” along with also said he hoped the president followed through on of which.
“I think he got a full understanding of how bad of which legislation will be. … of which will be not even close to what the American people elected us to do,” the hardline House conservative said.
Jordan pushed back on GOP claims of which the bill funded the border wall, asking, “Why do you think [House along with also Senate Minority Leaders] Nancy Pelosi along with also Chuck Schumer are smiling ear to ear?”
Earlier Friday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Trump to “please” veto the legislation, calling the spending levels “grotesque.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., whom Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell persuaded not to delay the Senate vote on the bill, also urged Trump to “veto of which sad excuse for legislation.”
At least one Democrat — Rep. Ted Lieu of California — said he supported a veto. He criticized the rushed process by which Congress passed the legislation.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had worked of which week to win Trump’s support for the plan. He described of which as a win for the president because of which boosts Defense Department funding, authorizes more money to fight the opioid crisis along with also puts more money toward border enforcement.
“of which funds the wall, fixes the military, fights opioids along with also does the things of which we said,” Ryan said Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” a show Trump frequently watches along with also tweets about.
Ryan also went to the White House on Wednesday as Trump was unsure about whether to support the spending bill. After the president spoke with Ryan along with also McConnell, the White House issued a statement saying he backed the legislation.
Trump’s tweet Friday morning caught Ryan by surprise, according to a GOP source who declined to be named. The speaker will be in his home state of Wisconsin for the Easter recess, along with also spoke to the president by phone at about 9:30 a.m., a little more than a half hour after Trump’s tweet.
Ryan emphasized “all the wins” within the bill, particularly military spending, along with also felt encouraged after the call, the source added.
— CNBC’s Ylan Mui along with also Eamon Javers contributed to of which report