Trump ‘forced’ to sign $1.3 trillion bill for national security

President Trump (Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg)

Hours before government funding was about to lapse, President Trump announced Friday at the White House that “for the sake of national security,” he signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress despite significant misgivings.

“There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill. But we were, in a sense, forced … if we want to build our military,” he said in a news conference at the White House.

Democrats, “who don’t believe in” strengthening the military, Trump said, “added things they wanted to get the votes.”

“My highest duty is to keep America safe,” he explained.

Without the bill, which funds the government until September, the government would have shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

The news conference Friday began with an air of drama as Trump had the nation wondering whether or not he would sign the bill.

On Friday morning, he said on

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