Trump’s turnabout came after a meeting with Mattis. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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President Donald Trump said he has signed a spending bill funding the federal government for the next six months, reversing a veto threat he made earlier Friday that shocked Washington after his administration had previously said he would approve the legislation. Trump's turnabout came after a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, who advocated for the bill's increases in defense spending and wanted the relative certainty of six months of assured funding.Afterward, Trump said he wants the power to issue line-item vetoes on spending bills – a power many presidents have demanded, and that Congress has never granted – and that the Senate should eliminate the ability of a minority to filibuster legislation.Top administration officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney gave assurances Thursday that Trump would sign the bill, which cleared both chambers of Congress that day.
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