PALM BEACH, Fla. President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his decision to sign $1.3 trillion federal spending bill, despite his doubts, pointing to billions in new funding for the military and national security.
Trump said on Twitter his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida that as a result of the military funds, “many of the jobs created and our Army is expanded again.” He said building his signature wall “is all about the National Defense.”
Since reluctantly signing the bill on Friday after threatening a veto, Trump is faced with fierce criticism from conservatives who accused him of caving to congressional Democrats. The president said Friday in the White House, he was “very disappointed” in the package, in part because it is not fully to pay, for his wall. But Trump said he had “no choice” because the nation needed to fund the military.
Trump sought $25 billion for its wall, but the plan contained a lot less — $1.6 billion for the construction of new sections of wall and the replacement of older parts. Trump tweeted Sunday that much can be done with the money, and it is “just a down payment.”
He said that the “rest of the money will come” and once again repeated that the Democrats “abandoned” young immigrants seeking protection. Trump on Friday, noted that the bill failed to extend protection from deportation to approximately 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants are due to lose coverage under a program the president himself has tried to eliminate.
Trump’s veto threat had him at odds with top members of his administration and the Republican House of representatives Paul Ryan, who urged him to sign the bill. But prominent conservatives have criticized the huge expenditure plans, with the warning that it might add to the nation’s debt.
The president on Friday warned Congress that he would “never sign another bill like this again.” He called the Senate for the revision of the rules to provide for a simple majority of votes, on all accounts, and urged the Congress to provide him with a line-item veto power to kill specific spending items he does not agree with. The Supreme court ruled in 1998 that congress passed the line-item veto was unconstitutional.
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