President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed Republicans who are refusing to refurbish an FBI building near Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The White House has come under fire from both Republicans and Democrats for including $1.75 billion for the FBI building in a coronavirus relief package. Critics argue that Trump wants to refurbish the building to prevent other commercial development — including other hotels — in the area.
Trump told reporters on Wednesday that Republicans who opposed the funds needed to “go back to school.”
Earlier, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested that the president would not veto the entire relief package if funds for the building were excluded from the legislation.
President Trump says Republicans who don’t want new FBI building money in the coronavirus bill should “go back to school” because they need a new building.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) July 29, 2020
NEW: @PressSec tells @CBSThisMorning President Trump’s push for a $1.8 billion rebuilding of FBI headquarters in downtown Washington is “not a deal breaker” in coronavirus relief legislation negotiations.
— Nicole Sganga (@NicoleSganga) July 29, 2020
Trump says at the White House just now that Senate Republicans who don’t support the inclusion of $1.75bn for a new FBI building “should go back to school” — and becomes the only person insisting on the measure.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) July 29, 2020
Trump on Republicans resistance to putting $$ for a new FBI building in the next coronavirus relief package via @ZekeJMiller: “Then Republicans should go back to school and learn. You need a new building… I would make sure we built a great building at a fraction of the cost.”
— Jill Colvin (@colvinj) July 29, 2020