Trump backs $1.3T spending bill after veto threat

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KEITH: That ridiculous situation, it seems, was the government funding bill, which three minutes into his remarks and 4 1/2 hours after that veto threat tweet, Trump announced he had already signed. And that means the prices of many such products could surge as a result of President Donald Trump's plan to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China.

He also took a shot at Democrats in that tweet, saying "had to waste money on Dem giveaways", but didn't mention DACA.

The funding bill also leaves out a permanent solution for Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants whose future status in this country is uncertain after Trump eliminated an Obama-era program that granted them protection from deportation.

He says, "my highest duty is to keep America safe" and that he's signed it "as a matter of national security". The Democrats. fought us every single inch of the way.

"Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses - and parties", the Kentucky senator tweeted after the bill cleared the Senate.

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In addition to the border wall funds, the spending bill raised funding for the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement by 10 percent to $621 million and provided $505 million for the Department of Justice to hire and deploy new immigration judges.

The apparent early-morning reversal of his support provoked a fresh sense of chaos in the administration, with White House officials scrambling to assure that the president would indeed sign on. The government spending bill passed quickly through rounds of voting in the House (256-167) and a subsequent passage from the Senate (65-32). "Who wants to trust a comprehensive immigration deal and put a lot of time and effort into it, only to see it at the eleventh hour derailed because, I don't know, he turns on Fox News and somebody criticizes it?" Hours later, the president relented and signed the measure, just as his aides had promised all along.

But Trump praised the bill's provisions to increase military spending and said he had "no choice but to fund our military".

"Never been this wild", one source told the paper. "I'm not going to do it", he said.

Trump's tweet created confusion after Congress gave final approval early Friday to the spending bill, which is needed to avert a federal shutdown.

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In summary, the financing project that Trump introduced through his budget chief Mick Mulvaney, was not satisfied practically at all.

Days before he signed the $1.3 trillion government spending bill on Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly had a terse reply to White House aides who warned of the potential blowback if he failed to sign the bill. "If you want to think that you're getting a wall, you just think it and sign the bill".

The president had been especially frustrated in recent days by media coverage of the bill and by conservative Republican lawmakers, some of whom had been calling to harangue him and making their cases loudly on cable news shows he is known to watch.

The spending measure includes US$1.6 billion for border security, including money for fencing and levees, though that is only a fraction of the US$25 billion that Mr Trump wanted to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to make good on his campaign promise to keep out migrants. "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.

Amid calls for bipartisanship, the president has continued to blame Democrats for the impasse on DACA.

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