Trump on Omnibus: 'I Had to Fight for Military and Start of Wall'

Susan Jones | March 22, 2018 | 7:05am EDT
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President Trump visits border wall prototypes near San Diego, California, on March 13, 2018. (Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - Late Wednesday night, several hours after Republicans released their $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill, President Trump seemed OK about getting only a fraction of the $25 billion he was promised to build a wall on a southern border.

"Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming," Trump tweeted. "Most importantly, got $700 Billion to rebuild our Military, $716 Billion next year...most ever. Had to waste money on Dem giveaways in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment."

In a second tweet, Trump wrote: "Democrats refused to take care of DACA. Would have been so easy, but they just didn’t care. I had to fight for Military and start of Wall."

As reported, none of the $1.6 billion for border security will be spent on the wall prototypes Trump recently visited in California. Instead it will be spent on see-through "fencing" and "levees," the kind of barriers already in existence.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that the Trump administration is getting exactly what it asked for in terms of border funding for Fiscal 2018. Trump wants an additional $25 billion in wall funding in future years, something Democrats oppose.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying President Trump discussed the spending bill on Wednesday with Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and all of them support it, she said.

"POTUS talked w/ @SpeakerRyan & @SenateMajLdr about priorities secured in the omnibus, which all support, especially more $ to rebuild military (largest pay raise for troops in decade), more than 100 miles of new border wall, $ to fight opioid crisis & rebuild our infrastructure."

Fuming conservatives don't like much of what's in the bill, nor do they like having the text come out within hours of being forced to vote on it.

"We still have not seen the bill, a $1.3 trillion spending bill that they're talking about," Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Wednesday afternoon. "We still have not seen the details of the legislation. And we're supposed to vote on it tomorrow?

"That's probably not the way the American people want us to do business and probably not what they elected us to do. So, my biggest concern is not about the shutdown. No one wants that. My bigger concern is, we're continuing to bankrupt the country, because this bill will lead to a trillion-dollar deficit this fiscal year."

Jordan noted that under a deal Republicans struck with Democrats earlier this year, the bill includes $63-billion in new government spending apart from the United States military.

The bill funds Planned Parenthood, continues to fund Obamacare, and doesn't build Trump's new border wall, Jordan noted. "Will result in trillion-dollar deficit," Jordan said. "That's probably not what the American people had in mind when they put Republicans in power and gave us the ability to run the whole government. I don't think that's what they elected us to do. That's why we're opposed to it."

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