President Donald Trump has defended his decision to sign a $1.3 trillion (€1 trillion) 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".
Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense. Build WALL through M!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2018
He says building his signature border wall "is all about National Defence".
The president sought $25 billion (€20 billion) for his border wall, but the plan includes much less - just $1.6 billion.
President Trump tweeted that it is "just a down payment" and the "rest of the money will come".
Much can be done with the $1.6 Billion given to building and fixing the border wall. It is just a down payment. Work will start immediately. The rest of the money will come - and remember DACA, the Democrats abandoned you (but we will not)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2018
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.