President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the $1.3 trillion spending measure that the Senate passed in the wee hours of the morning because it doesn’t include money for his border wall or a solution for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said flatly Thursday afternoon that the president would sign it.
Refusing would plunge the nation into a government shutdown – the sixth since October.
President Trump threatened to veto a massive spending bill on Friday over immigration issues including DACA and his long-promised border wall
‘I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded,’ Trump tweeted.
A half-hour earlier he wrote on Twitter that DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, ‘was abandoned by the Democrats. Very unfair to them! Would have been tied to desperately needed Wall.’
The White House send multiple signals on Thursday that the president was eager to ink his signature on the 2,200-page legislation.
‘All things considered, in the balance, the president supports the bill and looks forward to signing it,’ budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters during a hastily assembled noontime briefing.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders proclaimed: ‘This bill is so important on many fronts, from school safety and troop funding to opioids and veterans care.’
The fate of nearly 1 million ‘DREAMers,’ U.S. residents left in immigration limbo because they were illegally brought to the country as children, is a political hot potato
Trump has demanded funding for the 1,954-mile border wall between the U.S. and Mexico but Congress only gave him funding for 33 new miles of barriers