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Mattis Reportedly Warned Trump Not To Veto Omnibus Bill – Could ‘Flatline Defense’

Christian Datoc Audience Development Manager

Secretary of Defense James Mattis reportedly warned President Donald Trump against vetoing the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 8: (AFP OUT) US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (R) listens to US President Donald J. Trump (L) deliver remarks during a meeting with members of his Cabinet, in the Cabinet Room of the White House March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC, (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis listens to President Donald J. Trump deliver remarks during a meeting with members of his Cabinet, in the Cabinet Room of the White House March 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C., (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

According to Fox News, Mattis frantically called the White House Friday morning after POTUS tweeted he was “considering” thumbs-downing the bill to keep the government open.

Fox’s Chad Pergram reports that Hill staffers believed Trump could “flatline defense if he’s not careful.”

Trump flipped a possible veto onto congressional Democrats Friday morning, though he ultimately decided to sign the bill Friday afternoon.

Trump’s comments come just after he received unprecedented praise from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The New York Democrat said Thursday that the President was “exactly right” to impose new tariffs on China. (RELATED: Schumer Praises Trump In Senate Speech)

“I don’t agree with President Trump on a whole lot, but today I want to give him a big pat on the back,” he stated. “He is doing the right thing when it comes to China.”

Schumer additionally criticized Presidents Bush and Obama by name for failing to act against the Chinese economic threat.

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