News conference at the White House concerning the Omnibus Spending Bill. 1:00 P.M.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
The president called a news conference on Twitter early Friday afternoon where he and several cabinet secretaries discussed the omnibus spending bill. Earlier on Friday the president tweeted that he might veto the bill that his budget director Mick Mulvaney grudgingly said the president would sign.
"I will never sign another bill like this again," the president said, calling for the Senate to get rid of the filibuster rule and give him a line-item veto:
"To prevent the omnibus situation from ever happening again, I'm calling on Congress to give me a line item veto for all government spending bills and the senate must end -- they must end -- the filibuster rule and get down to work," Pres. Trump says https://t.co/5GwRepDIzr pic.twitter.com/kzgnDhmxg4— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 23, 2018
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody.
We have a lot of good news to report. Some tremendous trade deals are being made with various countries. We are negotiating very long, very hard, but very quickly.
And the deal with South Korea is -- according to Secretary Ross and Bob Lighthizer is very close to being finished. And we're going to have a -- a wonderful deal with a wonderful ally. We're getting very close to it. It was a deal that was causing a lot of problems for our country, in terms of employment and in terms of lots of other things.
I -- I might ask Secretary Ross to just say a few words about that, and then we're going to get on to this ridiculous situation that took place over the last week.
So, Secretary Ross?
ROSS: Thank you, Mr. President.
We -- we believe we are relatively close to a pretty comprehensive resolution with the South Korean government. It will encompass, if it goes through, both the 232s and broader trade issues. And we hope by sometime next week to be able to have a real announcement.
TRUMP: Thank you very much, Wilbur. I appreciate it.
The last time we negotiated something like this -- and, as you know, it's always been a problem for our country. They get together, and they create a series of documents that nobody has been able to read, because it was -- it was just done.
Now, you tell me who can read that quickly? Takes a long time to read it.