Saturday 21 April 2018

President Trump defends 1.3 trillion dollars spending plan

The president said on Friday he was disappointed with the package, but needed to sign it to fund the military.

President Donald Trump (Susan Walsh/AP)
President Donald Trump (Susan Walsh/AP)

By Ken Thomas, Associated Press

President Donald Trump has defended his decision to sign a 1.3 trillion US dollars (£900 billion) federal spending bill despite his misgivings, pointing to billions in new funding for the military and national security.

President Trump said on Twitter that because of the added military funding, “many jobs are created and our Military is again rich”.

He says building his signature border wall “is all about National Defence”.

The president sought 25 billion US dollars (£18 billion) for his border wall, but the plan includes much less — just 1.6 billion US dollars.

President Trump tweeted that it is “just a down payment” and the “rest of the money will come”.

Conservatives have criticised the president for signing the giant budget bill.

The president said on Friday he was disappointed with the package, but needed to sign it to fund the military.

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