May 5, 2017 / 6:09 PM / 5 months ago

Trump signs spending bill, averting government shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S. May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.2 trillion spending bill approved by Congress, averting a government shutdown that would have begun at midnight.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaking to reporters at a regular media briefing, confirmed the president had signed the bill.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chris Reese

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