Trump signs spending bill to avoid government shutdown, despite frustrations over border wall funding

President Donald Trump gestures during the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the East Room of the White House on September 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the event to celebrate the heritage month with Hispanic leaders. 










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President Donald Trump gestures during the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the East Room of the White House on September 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the event to celebrate the heritage month with Hispanic leaders. 

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill that will avert a government shutdown despite previously calling the measure “ridiculous” because it did not include funding for a wall along the southern border.

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The insistence earned pushback from Republican congressional leaders who worried a shutdown could hurt the party with just over a month left to go before November’s hotly contested midterm elections, when the GOP will face down challenges to its control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“I’m confident he will sign it,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday. “This funds our military, this funds opioids, this does a lot of the things that we all want to accomplish together, and we’ve had very good conversations with the president.”

On Thursday, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney also weighed in, telling CNBC that the president would table border wall funding until after the midterms.

“We’ve decided to have that discussion after the election,” Mulvaney said on “Squawk Box.”

— CNBC’s Eamon Javers,
Jacob Pramuk
and
Matthew Belvedere
contributed to this report.

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