Trump Suggests Using Military Funds to Build His Wall

Susan Jones | March 26, 2018 | 5:57am EDT
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President Trump talks about the $1.3 trillion spending bill he did end up signing. (Photo: Screengrab/C-SPAN)

( - After threatening to veto a $1.3 trillion spending bill that funded many Democrat priorities, President Trump ended up signing the deficit-boosting measure on Friday.

Trump said he wasn't happy about it -- neither were many conservatives -- but his desire to boost military spending and national security "overrode" his disappointment in other items that he considered to be a "waste of money."

Early Sunday morning, Trump indicated that he might find a way to build his wall, even though the bill he signed bars spending on anything other than "fences" and "levees."

He tweeted about it: "Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense. Build WALL through M!" (M stands for military.)

In a second tweet, Trump wrote: "Much can be done with the $1.6 Billion given to building and fixing the border wall. It is just a down payment. Work will start immediately. The rest of the money will come - and remember DACA, the Democrats abandoned you (but we will not)!"

Trump on Friday said he will "never sign a bill like this again."  The conservative pundits mentioned above said he won't get the chance.
Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans offered Democrats a deal on DACA in exchange for funding President Trump's border wall.

"So we said, so let's do multi-year funding for the wall for multi-year relief for the DACA kids, and they walked away from that. They wouldn’t take that,” Ryan told "Fox & Friends"  on March 22.

The backlash against the president signing the bill included prominet talk-radio hosts:

As reported, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, author and American attorney Mark Levin took to social media on Friday, calling on President Trump to “veto this outrageous, unconscionable spending and borrowing bill!”

“McConnell and Ryan can’t even manage the budget process and limit spending, let alone advance a conservative agenda and cut liberal projects," Levin said. "These guys are truly lightweights. And our kids and grandkids will suffer one day. Utterly unconscionable, uncontrollable spending and borrowing. No wonder the GOP will get its a-- kicked in the midterms.”

Likewise, Rush Limbaugh warned that Trump that if he signed the bill, he would alienate his base: "This budget is designed to separate Trump voters from Trump," Limbaugh said. "This budget is designed to make Trump voters think that Trump’s presidency is irrelevant. This budget is designed to make Trump voters concluded, “You know what? There isn’t gonna be a wall and there isn’t gonna be anything serious on immigration, and so having Trump be president is meaningless.”

Limbaugh offered the many reasons why Trump should veto the bill:

"This budget not only doesn’t fund his agenda," he said "This budget makes it practically impossible for his agenda to be implemented, particularly on the primary thing that got him elected, which is dealing with the border and illegal immigration. Stop thinking of Congress as Republicans and Democrats. You’ve got to think of that as one unified group of people, establishmentarians who are working in a coordinated way to thwart and nullify the election and agenda of the Trump presidency."

Limbaugh said the budget deal is "the last piece of significant legislation" that will pass before the midterm election: "So this is gonna be the thing that is the last big congressional action that will serve as informing American voters of what’s been going on. This is designed to make Donald Trump look ineffective. It’s designed to make it look like his presidency doesn’t count for anything, that, 'All the lies he told during the campaign, it turns out he can’t deliver on.' It’s really designed to make him look isolated, alone, and ineffective."

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