Will Trump Have the Military Build Border Wall after Signing Omnibus Bill?

“ALL ABOUT NATIONAL DEFENSE”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Mar. 25, 2018) — After some trepidation expressed on Twitter on Friday, President Donald J. Trump signed a $1.3 trillion Omnibus spending bill which averted a looming government shutdown, something which many both inside and outside the Beltway dread.

At a press availability which began at approximately 1:20 PM EDT on Friday, Trump enumerated the positive aspects of the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday and by the Senate just after midnight Friday morning.

Admitting that the bill did not appropriate nearly the amount he had wanted to begin building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump nevertheless pledged that the wall’s construction would begin “literally on Monday.”

Trump justified his signature on the bill given that its generous funding of the military was paramount in his mind, as he responded to a reporter on Friday following the press conference.

Many Trump supporters were disappointed that he approved the bill given its massive increase in government spending, funding of Planned Parenthood and other controversial projects, while others vowed to continue to support him nevertheless.

On Saturday, at least one news source pointed out Trump’s having connected the construction of a physical wall on the southern border with “the enormous military budget.”

“Because by having a strong border system, including a wall, we are in a position, militarily, that is very advantageous,” Trump said during the press availability, after which he called upon Defense Secretary James Mattis and other department secretaries to provide their perspectives on what the bill will and will not provide.

Other outlets followed suit on Sunday morning.

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that “Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense.”

which was quickly followed by:

 

One Response to "Will Trump Have the Military Build Border Wall after Signing Omnibus Bill?"

  1. Robert Quinn   Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6:00 AM

    The Ryan and McConnell Omnibus Bill, along with the Never Trumpers, has laid the ground work to make Trumps “Build that Wall” campaign pledge the equivalent of the one term Bush pledge to “Read my lips, no new taxes”. How in heck can the Republican Party expect to win with these traitors leading the way. These cowards dislike and fear Trump more than Pelosi and Schumer. I hope Trump declares the illegal penetration of our southern border to be a critical national security issue and orders the military to lead its construction and tells the courts he will deal with them once the security measures are in place and the threat is under control.

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