President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government open Friday, then excoriated Congress for passing the plan in the first place.
Earlier Friday, the President threatened to veto the measure over concerns it does not include a solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or sufficient funding for a 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 just before 9 a.m. on Friday.
The missive sent White House officials and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill scurrying to ensure that Trump would still sign the omnibus spending bill, which top White House officials promised just a day earlier Trump would sign.
The massive spending package marks the end of a months-long funding stalemate in which lawmakers were forced to pass one short-term spending bill after another to stave off a shutdown.
This was the saddest display I’ve ever seen from President Trump. The dramatic buildup, the threatening of a VETO, the press conference all leading people to believe that he would actually veto the omnibus bill.
Then he just signs it… drawing even more attention to his complete capitulation. What was he trying to accomplish here?
In addition, not only does he not veto the bill, he turns around and tells the press that he will not sign a bill like this ever again. After saying he just could not say no to Mattison and the military funding.
The problem is the president has sidestepped so many high profile promises, that this latest one is a joke. Of course the president will sign the next omnibus bill a month before the critical 2018 elections. And he will do it with a smile.l because he will not risk a shutdown a month before the elections.
I know people are saying, “But Congress had the votes to override him!” So what? Make them fly back to Washington DC and override him over the screaming voters.
Raising the profile of the bill even further with a tweet and a press conference to try to attack Congress, but then signing their bill anyway is the worst of all worlds. Now he gets people even angrier at Republicans in a year where they are not showing up to vote for them, he still has people mad at him for signing it, and he looks like a coward for using the veto threat and then not following through.
If he was going to sign it, he should have just signed it and moved on. Now it very predictably is blowing up in his stupid face.