On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he was considering vetoing the bill since it lacks full funding for a border wall as well as a plan to address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program recipients.
President Donald Trump has announced a 1 p.m. news conference to discuss a $1.3 trillion spending bill.
He also took a shot at Democrats in that tweet, saying "had to waste money on Dem giveaways", but didn't mention DACA. The White House also issued a formal statement of administration policy indicating Trump would sign the bill.
Lawmakers from both parties expressed worries about the legislation. "We wanted to include DACA in this bill".
Trump has been fuming because the package does not include protections for "Dreamer" immigrants and doesn't provide enough money for his promised border wall. The White House needs better legislative staff to ensure nothing similar to this ever makes it to his desk.
The will-he, won't-he episode came hours after the Senate's early morning passage of the huge spending package aimed at keeping the government open past Friday midnight. "Who wants to trust a comprehensive immigration deal and put a lot of time and effort into it, only to see it at the eleventh hour derailed because, I don't know, he turns on Fox News and somebody criticizes it?"
Amid the pressure, Trump has become unbridled, appearing increasingly willing to disregard the advice of aides and trust his own instincts, regardless of the repercussions.
"F-k that", Trump said, according to people familiar with the matter cited by the The Wall Street Journal.
But there was a brief drama that threatened to keep the chamber from voting when Senator James Risch, an Idaho Republican, objected that one of the provisions in the piece of legislation renamed a wilderness preserve in his state for his political rival Cecil Andrus, a Democratic governor and secretary of the Interior under president Jimmy Carter. "Every single day, I know somebody that was deported, detained - maybe they're let go, but why?" "But because of the incredible gains that we've been able to make for the military, that overrode any of our thinking".
But they never said the president understood or agreed with that.
But Trump's the one who rescinded DACA upon entering office. While Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, doesn't appear to be anxious by the tweet, stating to CNN that he thinks "we'll be OK", others are rooting for Trump to go through with the veto.
Days before he signed the $1.3 trillion government spending bill on Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly had a terse reply to White House aides who warned of the potential blowback if he failed to sign the bill. Since then, he has refused to consider several bipartisan deals to reinstate the program, which protects some 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, in return for cash for his border wall.
He lamented that border wall funding was far short of the $25 billion he hoped for, but said the $1.6 billion approved means some construction can begin immediately. The largest spending bill was signed by former president Barack Obama. "We're exhausted of believing them when they say 'It's the Republicans.' They make promises when they're in an election, and when it's over they're done and don't do anything".