Fox’s Wallace, Mnuchin spar over suggestion that Congress give Trump line-item veto

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace and Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHillicon Valley: Facebook weighs crackdown on anti-vaccine content | Lyft challenges Trump fuel standards rollback | Illinois tries to woo Amazon | New round of China trade talks next week On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Treasury sanctions top Maduro allies in Venezuela MORE sparred on Sunday over the Treasury secretary's suggestion that Congress give President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE a line-item veto in future spending bills to avoid concessions to Democrats.

“I think they should give the president a line-item veto. These things should be looked at,” Mnuchin said.

“But that’s been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, sir,” Wallace responded. 


“Well, again, Congress could pass a rule, OK, that allows them to do it,” Mnuchin said. 

Wallace said that doing so would involve passing a constitutional amendment.

“Chris, we don’t need to get into a debate in terms of — there’s different ways of doing this,” Mnuchin responded.

“My comment is, it’s clear what happened. The Democrats, in order to get us military spending, demanded a massive increase in nonmilitary spending. And the president made the decision this time that that was worth it.”

Mnuchin's comments echo those of the president on Friday after he signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown just hours after he threatened a veto of the legislation.

“I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again,” Trump said. “I'm not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. Some people don't even know what’s in it.”

The president called on Congress to give him the power to make line-item vetoes on all government spending bills, and called on the Senate to end its filibuster rule to make it easier to implement the Republican agenda.