US President Donald Trump speaks about the spending bill during a press conference in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on March 23, 2018. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm
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President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday averting a government shutdown at midnight, acting just hours after saying he was considering a veto.With Congress already on recess, Trump had said on Twitter that he was weighing a veto.Several advisers inside and outside the White House had characterized the tweet as Trump blowing off steam.Trump's tweet had been at odds with what top members of Trump's administration and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday, and with a formal statement of administration policy, which said Trump was supportive of the measure.With Congress already out of town, the government will head toward a shutdown if Trump does not sign the bill Friday.Sen. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also egged Trump on.While Trump has repeatedly criticized Democrats over DACA, he canceled the program last fall, ending the issuance of new DACA permits.One Democratic aide said Friday they believed Trump was just trying to get a reaction from Democrats, while another predicted that Trump will ultimately sign the bill.
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