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Donald Trump: Money for new FBI building should stay in coronavirus relief bill

President Trump on Wednesday said money for a new FBI building near his Washington, D.C., hotel should stay in the GOP’s coronavirus relief bill and that Senate Republicans raising concerns should go “back to school.”

“We have that in the bill, it should stay,” Mr. Trump told reporters outside the White House.

Told Republicans don’t want it in the coronavirus bill, Mr. Trump said: “Then Republicans should go back to school and learn.”

He said they could renovate the existing building on Pennsylvania Avenue, though he likes the idea of a new one.

“You have to be near the Justice Department — you don’t want to be too far away where you have to drive for an hour and a half,” Mr. Trump said.

Lawmakers for years have been discussing a new headquarters for the FBI, and some have floated locations in Maryland or Virginia as well.

Both Republicans and Democrats have said they don’t understand why the $ 1.75 billion for a new building is included in a GOP package that’s supposed to be about COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared surprised earlier this week that the money was included in the plan he helped write. The Kentucky Republican has directed reporters to ask the White House for justification.
Democrats have also said the White House wants the money for the building so that the site near Mr. Trump’s hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue can’t be used to build a competing hotel.

Earlier Wednesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had said the president wants to see the money for the building in the coronavirus relief package but that it’s not a “deal-breaker” in the ongoing negotiations.

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