Trump signs spending bill, despite veto threat on Twitter

US House of Representatives approves $1.3 trillion spending bill

They were enrolled in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme, but President Trump ended it in September.

President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto.

Trump warned lawmakers that he will never again sign a similar measure and blamed the Democrats for stuffing the budget with wasteful spending.

This was mostly just Trump taking the opportunity to complain and say "Don't do it again". Lawmakers had just hours to read the almost 2,200-page bill released Wednesday night, VOA reported. Trump moved to end the Obama-era program past year.

President Donald Trump was far from the only one in Washington left with a sullen face as a spending bill was finally signed Friday afternoon. She said: "The GOP shamefully offered only a temporary patch for only a few Daca recipients, tied to billions for the border wall and extreme interior enforcement that many Dreamers made clear they could not support".

Trump, meanwhile, has tried to pin the failure to reach a DACA deal on Democrats, arguing, "They don't want DACA" and are merely trying to use the issue as "a political football".

Officials have stated that Trump is enraged about the bill, and while one official stated that "He doesn't like it", that same official also stated that Trump was more so ranting than actually considering a veto. The Democrats would not do it.

"DACA was abandoned by the Democrats", Trump tweeted on Friday. Well, there's money for fencing and border security.

Several people panned Mr Trump's empty veto threat.

The spending bill doesn't include Democrat-favored subsidies for the Affordable Care Act exchanges, which started faltering after Trump reversed some federal payments in his wider effort to scuttle the health care law.

"It's a pretty good signal when the Congress says, 'We'll see you one and raise you one, '" said Steve Cochran, who deals with Gulf of Mexico protection for the Environmental Defense Fund. "We're starting work on Monday on some new wall, but also fixing existing walls and acceptable fences".

"You simply are not going to make the restorations, improvements and protections that are needed unless you have that federal investment", said Todd Ambs, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, which represents more than 140 organizations in eight states, from NY to Minnesota. He frequently mangles the facts on everything from the size of his inauguration crowd to the scope of the tax bill he signed late a year ago. "Not exactly what we wanted where we wanted", said budget director Mick Mulvaney Thursday. "We wanted to have them in this bill".

President Trump speaks about the spending bill Friday.


At the White House on Friday, many aides were caught by surprise by the veto threat and had no immediate explanation for what prompted it. Trump was scheduled on Friday to fly to Florida for a weekend at his private resort.

"He's rejected multiple bipartisan proposals [to save DACA] ever since he created the crisis", Pliego said.

It also failed to resolve the stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation after Mr Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme past year. First, Trump added a new lawyer to his legal team dealing with the special counsel investigation who was a regular on Fox News.

Immigrant advocates ripped Trump's apparent hypocrisy. "We dare you", Mr Pocan said on Twitter.

"The spontaneity and lack of impulse control are areas of concern for lots of members on both sides of the aisle", said Rep. Charlie Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican who has been critical of the president.