“So it was part of the president’s priority to renovate the FBI building, to keep it in the District of Columbia, and it was one of the things that was said in this bill, and it’s part of one of the president’s priorities, and it was a priority for a few months “, – she said during a speech on CBS News.
Asked again what this provision does in the coronavirus bill, McEnanney could not answer, but said it was “not an attacker.”
Later on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the new FBI building had been operating “for many years,” and he thought it would be “crazy” that they were considering moving to suburbs of Virginia or Maryland.
“I̵7;m very good at real estate, so I said we’ll build a new FBI building, or renovate an existing one, or better yet, we’ll get a new building. So we have it in the bill, it should stay,” Trump told reporters in The White House before leaving for Texas.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday about funding, McConnell responded by saying he hoped anything unrelated to Covid-19 would be removed before a new aid measure was taken.
The Kentucky Republican did not know that the FBI was contained in the bill, but then a few minutes later the White House said it “insisted on including it.”
A number of Senate Republicans have said they oppose the funding and pushed officials on Tuesday for a private dinner to include it, which members said was not even associated with the coronavirus.
Asked by CNN’s Caitlan Collins that Republicans don’t want it in the bill, Trump said, “Then Republicans need to go back to school and study. We need a new building.”
McEnnany said the president’s priority was unemployment benefits, not financing the FBI building.
“Well, it’s in the bill. The president has made it clear that this is what he wants to see. This is not a violation of the agreement, the main priority here is unemployment benefits, as the president said, and this is the main priority,” she said on Wednesday. , adding that the President “fought hard” for a reduction in the payroll tax and that the expansion of unemployment benefits is “paramount.”
Democrats have long argued that Trump’s interest in the FBI building – which is located opposite the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC – is financial.
Claire Foran, Ted Barrett and Lauren Fox of CNN contributed to this report.