“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:
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.