"I will never sign another bill like this again, Trump said, scowling at the 2,000-plus page document".
"Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming". Schumer said. "We produced a darn good bill". It was widely anticipated that the president would sign the bill to avoid another government closure with funds due to run out on Saturday.
Trump said he decided against a veto for the sake of the military. It also increases defense spending by more than $60 billion from 2017.
Mattis quoted George Washington in saying that "to be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace". "But we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military, we were forced to have".
"My highest duty is to keep America safe", he said.
President Trump threatened to veto a massive spending bill on Friday morning hours before the government could shut down if it doesn't get the funding it approves. The bill was passed by Congress early Friday in order to prevent a government shutdown at midnight.
With the midterm elections around the corner, there's little appetite in Congress for any major legislative fights, and lawmakers were more than willing to let their controversial policy priorities fall to the side.
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Trump touted a list of large defense projects that have gained from the bill.
There is more to the story, though: In exchange for a DACA fix - to protect young immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation - Trump demanded not only funding for the border wall but also big changes in the nation's legal immigration system.
Failure to enact the legislation by a midnight Friday deadline would trigger the third government shutdown this year.
The President's answer, delivered with a smile, elicited laughter from the audience - including his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump.
Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the freedom caucus, says in a tweet the group would "fully support" a veto. It was written to fill out a budget outline that Congress passed, and Trump signed, in February. The White House said Thursday the president would sign the bill.
Shortly after Trump's tweet threatening a veto, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to Trump and encouraged him to sign the bill, according to a person familiar with the conversation.
Congress has given final approval to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now. The first shutdown came in Januaryand lasted for three days, during a standoff over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. However, the White House press pool arrived at the golf club earlier this morning and are holding nearby in a parking lot.
The veto threat injected chaos into what appeared to be the end of a protracted struggle to settle on a funding plan for the federal government.