After Late-Night Vote, President Trump Threatens to Veto $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

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After the Senate approved a $1.3 trillion spending measure in the early hours of Friday morning, President Donald Trump has threatened to veto it. Passage of the bill narrowly averted another government shutdown and angered many of the senators who complained that they didn’t have enough time to read the bill they were forced to vote on. So what has the president upset?

The new spending bill doesn’t provide a solution for DACA, nor does it pay for Trump’s proposed border wall. Trump’s sudden frustration is news to many.

“White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said flatly Thursday afternoon that the president would sign it,” The Daily Mail reported.

If Trump does veto the bill, it will signal the start of yet another government shutdown.

“I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded,’ Trump tweeted,” he tweeted.

Earlier in the morning  he wrote that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, “was abandoned by the Democrats. Very unfair to them! Would have been tied to desperately needed Wall.”

The bill itself is 2,200 pages long. White House staffers and political aids have been reading sections of the measure and providing reports, yet few have digested the whole document.

Even so, Trump was reportedly on board. “All things considered, in the balance, the president supports the bill and looks forward to signing it,” budget director Mick Mulvaney had said Thursday.

“This bill is so important on many fronts, from school safety and troop funding to opioids and veterans care,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

“Let’s make it clear: The president wanted a DACA fix as part of this deal,” Mulvaney said Thursday. “He had offered a large package with a complete DACA fix in exchange for the entire wall. He offered a small package – three years worth of a DACA fix in exchange for three years worth of a wall.”

“The Democrats in the House and Senate have made it clear they think they’re winning in the courts and they do not want to fix this legislatively.”

“We’ve reached out to them again and again to try to fix DACA, and they refuse to engage on the topic.”