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President Trump signs $1.3 Trillion Dollar Budget Bill

President Trump signs $1.3 Trillion Dollar Budget Bill

That's much less than the $25 billion Trump wants.

The bill signing came a few hours after Trump created his latest round of last-minute drama by tweeting that he was "considering" a veto.

He says, "this is a short term funding, but it's immediate". As recently as Thursday, Mr. Trump's top White House staff said he would sign it, and the president himself in a tweet Wednesday touted the bill's funding for his border wall.

A veto would have created another government shutdown.

"But because of the great gains we've been able to make for our military, that overrode the veto", the president said after signing the legislation in private.

He blamed Democrats in particular for not giving priority to the military - which gets a $66bn increase over 2017 spending - and insisting on their own measures being included. Most lawmakers have already left Washington for a two week recess.

The US Senate narrowly averted a government shutdown by passing a US$1.3 trillion (S$1.7 trillion) spending Bill early yesterday, but President Donald Trump made a surprising threat to veto the Bill, raising the spectre of a possible shutdown.

Trump has been fuming because the package does not include protections for "Dreamer" immigrants and doesn't provide enough money for his promised border wall.

Trump - who'd hailed the deal Thursday - went on to tout the new spending bill's $655 billion in military spending as a necessity that enshrines the USA armed forces as "by far the strongest in the world".

Trump said he had signed the bill, despite his qualms on some issues, because a $60 billion increase in military spending had convinced him it was a worthwhile compromise.

Several advisers inside and outside the White House had characterized the tweet as Trump blowing off steam.

Trump eventually signed the bill, but not before holding a press conference on Friday during which he criticized the process.

The bill easily passed by the House Thursday. A senior White House official said last week he remains opposed.

Trump's reluctant announcement came hours after he confused both Republicans and Democrats by tweeting that he was "considering a VETO" on the massive spending bill because he claimed Democrats had "abandoned" the immigrants protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Trump's decision to ultimately sign the bill averted what would have been the third federal shutdown of the year, an outcome both parties wanted to avoid.

As the six-month spending budget deal was coming together, there had been reports Trump had balked at the bill and had to be persuaded by Ryan to support it. Barreto says if there's still no solution by November, Republicans may be the ones to pay the price, because it's Democrats, he says, who have the "winning card" when it comes time to debate immigration issues.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the freedom caucus and a friend of the president, said in a tweet that the group would "fully support" a veto, adding that Congress should pass a short-term budget resolution while Trump and congressional leaders "negotiate a better deal for the forgotten men and women of America". "The Democrats would not do it", the president said.

A copy of the 2232-page spending bill.


FILE - Prototypes for U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico are seen behind the current border fence in this picture taken from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, Oct. 12, 2017.

He added that Democrats are using DACA recipients "for their own purposes". The bill would give DACA recipients a path to citizenship and give the Department of Homeland Security "operational control" of the southern border by the end of 2020 through "physical barriers" and other means. "Yes", the director of the Office of Management and Budget, which drafts and distributes Statements of Administration Policy, said at the start of a hastily arranged news conference.



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