Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter has indicated more than once that she isn't happy with several of President Donald Trump's policy decisions, and her latest comments seem to further imply that her support for the president has soured.
Coulter lashed out at Trump after he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill into law earlier today, avoiding a government shutdown that loomed large over Washington once the president took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the bipartisan legislation. The president signed the legislation, backing down from his threat to veto the bill. The legislation keeps the government running until September, and includes nearly $1.6 billion for border security, but conservatives have assailed it because it fails to fully fund a wall on the southern border.
"There are a lot of things I'm unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill, but we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military," Trump said. "I said to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again."
"Congratulations, President Schumer," Coulter wrote on Twitter, in a reference to Charles "Chuck" Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader. She also suggested that the president would be impeached if he signed another bill like the one he signed today.
CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT SCHUMER!— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1521826235.0
“ I will never sign another bill like this again” Yeah, because you’ll be impeached.— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1521826930.0
Coulter, a noted deficit hawk, didn't stop there. She lambasted the president for signing one of the largest increases in federal spending in years, saying "The 1980s called & they want their foreign policy back."
MASSIVE DEFENSE SPENDING to induct transgenders & build BIG BEAUTIFUL walls ... in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia.— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1521826552.0
IT'S 3-D CHESS! (There's never going to be a wall.)— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1521826588.0
GOOD GOD! Will @realDonaldTrump talk about ANYTHING but defense spending???? Per Obama: The 1980s called & they w… https://t.co/jCOLxhDugL— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1521826720.0
This would be like Reagan signing a bill that hiked taxes, slashed defense spending -- but spent gobs of $$ on the Teapot Dome scandal.— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1521826777.0
Joining Coulter in her criticisms was Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who referred to the signing as a "missed opportunity." She cautioned that if Trump and the Republicans lose the House in November's midterm elections, the Democrats "will go straight to impeachment."
Missed opportunity by @realDonaldTrump by signing this spending bill. If he loses the House, Dems will go straight… https://t.co/N7ldV8yYG3— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham) 1521824086.0
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and father of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, also weighed in. "I hope if I'm ever held hostage that the GOP won't be negotiating for my release," he wrote, slamming the party as a collective.
I hope if I’m ever held hostage that the GOP won’t be negotiating for my release. Given their failure with this Om… https://t.co/MKHgkpEqhR— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@Gov. Mike Huckabee) 1521827138.0
Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) also criticized the legislation, saying that Republicans have often exploited calls for national security and military funding "to support massive spending bills and bigger government."
“National security” and “military funding” are the excuses Republican elected officials have used for decades to su… https://t.co/ysGcp0HExq— Justin Amash (@Justin Amash) 1521826540.0
The president's decision to sign the bill was only the latest break from his advisers. Earlier this morning, he tweeted his disapproval for the bill, referring partly to the fact that he failed to reach a deal with Democrats to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Obama-era legislation which protects "DREAMers"––undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children––from deportation. The president had threatened a veto, kicking off a tense several hours for both parties in Washington and leaving the future of the spending bill uncertain.
I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have b… https://t.co/qhwYMqKLGO— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1521809715.0