"But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again," said President Donald Trump. "I'm not going to do it again."
That was at a March 23 press conference after Trump had signed a $1.3 trillion continuing resolution that would fund the government through the remainder of fiscal 2018, which ended this past Sunday.
One of the things that angered Trump about that $1.3 trillion bill was that it only provided $1.6 billion for work on the border wall he had made one of his signature campaign promises. Trump had been seeking a long-term commitment of $25 billion.
"Not happy with $1.6 billion, but it does start the wall," Trump said, "and we will make that $1.6 billion go very, very far."
Flash-forward six months to Sept. 15. Now Trump expressed his dismay in a tweet, not a press conference.
"When will Republican leadership learn that they are being played like a fiddle by the Democrats on Border Security and Building the Wall?" Trump said.
"Without Borders, we don't have a country," he said. "With Open Borders, which the Democrats want, we have nothing but crime!
"Finish the Wall!" he declared.
What inspired this presidential declaration?