In Omnibus, Trump Bested by Fellow New Yorkers

Donald Trump didn’t fare well in the recent closed-door negotiations over a massive government funding bill, with lawmakers rejecting everything from his multibillion-dollar plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to his $18 billion in cuts to their favored programs.

The self-proclaimed master of "The Art of the Deal” also was forced to settle for far less in Pentagon spending than he first proposed and watched on the sidelines while senior Republican leaders jettisoned many of his proposed program eliminations.

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The New York City real estate developer instead appears to have been bested by other savvy New Yorkers, who in a marathon bargaining session managed to not only kill the cuts but convince Republican leaders to sign on for increases to many domestic programs. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who hails from Brooklyn, and House Appropriations Committee ranking member Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), representing the Hudson Valley, managed to block Trump’s bid for wall money as well as cuts to their favored programs. 

The New Yorkers also managed to convince Republican leaders during talks on a must-pass omnibus appropriations bill to reimburse the City of New York for the cost of protecting Trump when he holed up in Trump Tower last fall.

Lowey said the omnibus will include federal money to reimburse the New York City Police Department and Fire Department of New York for its costs, estimated at $308,000 per day, to protect Trump in his family between Election Day and Inauguration. The costs added up to $25.7 million, Lowey said, and they are all covered in the bill.

Lowey said the omnibus actually will provide a total of $68 billion to all agencies involved in protecting Trump.