President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September, ending hours of speculation following an early-morning tweet in which the president threatened to veto the bill.
"There are a lot of things that I am unhappy about in this bill," Trump said in a Friday afternoon press conference. "There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill, but if we want to build our military we were forced to include." Trump said the increase in defense spending would help to fund a pay increase for military members.
"As a matter of national security, I've signed this omnibus budget bill," Trump said, adding, "I will say to Congress: I will never sign a bill like this again."
Trump blamed Democrats for not including a solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the omnibus bill, and called on Congress to get rid of the filibuster, and to give him a line-item veto power on spending bills.