Shutdown Looming as President Trump Threatens to Veto Budget

By Nick Hamilton | United States

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday morning, in his usual tweetstorm, that he is considering vetoing the spending bill that has just passed the Senate, 65-32.

“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,” the President tweeted, early Friday morning.

This comes after the White House assuring on Thursday that the President would support the plan. Both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support, however, despite Mick Mulvaney, the Management and Budget director on Thursday saying that the bill “funds all of [Trump’s] priorities,” the government may be shutting down at 12:01AM on Saturday morning.

Trump reportedly wants to receive $25B in long-term funding for his border wall in exchange for protecting recipients of DACA. In Trump’s book, Crippled America, he asserts this kind of nature, saying he would indeed be stubborn when trying to strike deals.

So, it’s no surprise to see President Trump threatening to veto this budget due to him not getting what he wants. He’s done it in business, why should expect different while he’s President?

Many Republicans support this legislation (including Speaker Ryan, who met with President Trump on Wednesday), however, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) took to Twitter early Friday morning to encourage President Trump to veto this bill, tweeting in response to President Trump’s tweet: Please do, Mr. President.

I am just down the street and will bring you a pen. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus. Totally irresponsible.”

It’s looking very possible that we may be entering another government shutdown.