Trump Complains About 'Ridiculous Situation,' Signs Spending Bill Anyway

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence

The money is used for everything from scholarly research to local theater productions. Medical research at the National Institutes of Health, a longstanding bipartisan priority, would receive a record $3 billion increase to $37 billion.

"Nobody read it. It's only hours old", Trump said at the bill's signing ceremony. "But I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again".

"No one thought he would go through with it", one senior aide to House Democratic leadership said.

He said the bill includes some things it shouldn't and excludes things he wanted.

A separate VA watchdog investigation, due out in the coming weeks, is also looking into a complaint that Shulkin asked his security detail to accompany him to a Home Depot store and cart furniture items, according to two people familiar with the allegation who requested anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The bill includes $1.6 billion for fencing and other border security measures. "It's short term funding but it's immediately". "Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense". The president said Friday he was disappointed with the package but needed to sign it to fund the military. It also increases defense spending by more than $60 billion from 2017.

During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged to fix the VA by expanding access to private doctors and firing bad employees, criticizing the department as "the most corrupt".

"Once again, leadership in Congress has failed President Trump and the American people by forcing us to vote on a $1.3 trillion bill that no one could have read, that doesn't defund sanctuary cities, that doesn't defund abortion provider Planned Parenthood and fails to fund an effective wall".

The giant spending bill, though, expires September 30, and another funding measure will be needed.

"My highest duty is to keep America safe, nothing more important".

President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September, he created a six-month delay to give Congress time to come up with a legislative version of the policy, which protected young undocumented immigrants who had come to the USA as children.

Trump teased a 1 p.m. "news conference" on Twitter Friday, where the official said he will sign the bill to avert a government shutdown at midnight.

An internal White House television feed is advertising the upcoming event: "President Trump Participates in a Bill Signing".

While it's unclear if Trump is spending the day golfing, it's expected he will be. Rand Paul of Kentucky delayed the Senate vote by instead live-tweeting his reading of the lengthy bill, which he called a "sad excuse for legislation".

The announcement, which Trump teased in a separate tweet an hour before it began, capped off a wild morning in the White House and on Capitol Hill.

The president should have vetoed the bill and forced Congress into an emergency session over the weekend to craft a responsible funding measure. Many lawmakers have left town for spring recess, and a veto would have assured at least a partial government shutdown. "This is on you", Rep Tim Ryan, a Democrat from OH, said on Twitter.

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the freedom caucus, says in a tweet the group would "fully support" a veto.

Some in Congress have expressed displeasure with the bill citing the massive deficits the measure will likely produce.

Trump, who sought to cancel DACA last fall, was seeking a deal that would give Democrats protections they sought for the programme's recipients in exchange for additional funding of US$25 billion for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall.

He said that young immigrants now protected in the US under Barack Obama's Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals "have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded".

CHANG: So Congress understandably was thrown off today by a tweet from President Trump.

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