President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill at the White House on Friday, and members of the far-right of the president’s party are not happy.
The legislation avoids a government shutdown and keeps the government running until September, but deficit hawks attacked the president for signing one of the largest increases in federal spending in years. Conservatives also attacked the president for signing a bill that failed to fully fund a wall on the southern border.
Trump had tweeted earlier in the day that he was considering vetoing the bill over its lack of funding for the border wall, and its failure to offer a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. At the signing ceremony, Trump said he thought about vetoing the bill, but ultimately deemed the legislation necessary to create “by far the strongest military we’ve ever had.”
Many conservatives on Twitter said passage of the bill was a win for Democrats. Conservative provocateur Ann Coulter mocked the signings by tweeting "Congratulations, President Schumer," in reference to Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT SCHUMER!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 23, 2018
“ I will never sign another bill like this again”March 23, 2018
Yeah, because you’ll be impeached.
Fox News host and Trump supporter Laura Ingraham, meanwhile, claimed that by signing the bill, the president had furthered his chances of being impeached if Democrats win back control of the House in the 2018 midterms.
The final version of the 2,000-page bill wasn’t unveiled until Wednesday, giving Congress just a few hours to read the legislation before voting on it. The short time frame prompted Trump to declare that he would “never sign another bill like this again.”
“Nobody read it. It’s only hours old,” Trump said.
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