$1.3t budget bill

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump signed Congress’ newly passed $1.3 trillion spending Bill on Friday, ending several hours of confusion spurred by a tweeted veto threat that raised the specter of a government shutdown.

Mr Trump said he had signed the Bill, despite his qualms on some issues, because a $60 billion increase in military spending had convinced him it was a worthwhile compromise.

“But I say to Congress I will never sign another bill like this again,” he told reporters.

“I’m not going to do it again.”

White House and Capitol Hill aides had been left scrambling earlier in the day after Mr Trump criticised the six-month spending bill, despite prior assurances from the administration that he would sign it ahead of a looming midnight deadline.

“I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defence, is not fully funded,” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter.