Following Donald Trump‘s support of a Senate proposal to rebuild the FBI headquarters building in D.C., senior Democrats in both chambers cried foul.
Specifically, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) asserted that the president is seeking the $1.75 billion in funds to makeover the federal building so that it will not relocate.
The FBI remaining in its current spot on 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue would prevent a rival hotel from opening near the adjacent Trump International Hotel.
“They don’t have money for food stamps, but they have money for an FBI building just so that they can diminish competition for the president’s hotel,” Pelosi said on Monday.
She went on to say that Trump’s ultimate goal is “that nobody could build a hotel across the street” from his property.
As for Schumer, he asserted that Senate Republicans “managed to have enough money for the FBI headquarters that benefits Trump hotel, and they say they have no money for food assistance.”
Referencing the GOP proposal, he went on to say that Democrats “just found out what was in it as we read it.”
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he was unaware of the FBI headquarters provision within the spending bill, directing further questions to the Trump administration.
“You’ll have to ask them why they insisted that be included,” he deferred.