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DC Daily: President Trump signs spending bill to keep federal government open

Posted: 8:23 AM, May 05, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-05 18:27:46Z

What's happening in the political world:

Trump signs bill that keeps government funded through September
-- The president signed a a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep the federal government open through September.

The Senate approved the spending bill on Thursday, with Trump signing it Friday.

Read more about Trump's budget plan


President celebrates House passage of health care bill
-- President Trump continues to bask in the afterglow of the House's approval of the Republican-backed health care bill.

In a Friday morning tweet, the president said:

The House voted Thursday morning in favor of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and installing the American Health Care Act. More information on the American Health Care Act, including details on protections for those with pre-existing conditions: http://bit.ly/2pdJeOF .

Now that the House has passed the bill, Trump stated he is confident the Senate will pass the bill , too.

Trump said, "Your premiums will start to come down. This will get through the Senate. I am confident. When it comes to deductibles, it was so ridiculous, people didn't use them."

In a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hours after the bill's passage in the House, Trump openly praised Australia's health care system .

"We have a failing health care system. I shouldn't say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do," Trump said.

Australia offers universal health care, which means every citizen has health coverage. Republicans have traditionally opposed universal health care.


Trump the telecommuter?
-- Donald Trump returned to New York City for the first time since becoming president, and he is spending the weekend in New Jersey to work and avoid "causing a big disruption."

The president said Friday morning:

While in New York City Thursday, Trump met with Australia's prime minister aboard the USS Intrepid.


How is the U.S. economy doing under Trump?
-- It looks like the US economy is perking up under President Trump.

The government reported a strong gain in jobs for April on Friday morning, and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since May 2007.

It seems that consumers, small businesses and corporate CEOs are in a better mood since Trump took office as well.

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House overwhelmingly approves North Korea sanctions
-- The House voted 419-1 to sanction North Korea's shipping industry and refuse any goods shipped by North Korean forced laborers.

The bill also sets the stage for more sanctions in the future. The Trump administration will decide if North Korea should be on the state sponsors of terrorism list, which would let the U.S. further target the country's finances.

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State Dept. account retweets, then deletes tweet promoting Ivana Trump book
-- An official State Department Twitter account retweeted a tweet promoting Ivanka Trump's new book, "Women Who Work," raising ethics questions. It has since been deleted.

"Thank you to my beautiful sisters for the support of my #WomenWhoWorkBook!" Ivanka Trump wrote in the initial tweet from her personal account, alongside photos of Tiffany and Lara Trump posing with the book.

It was retweeted by the @GenderAtState account, which is run by the Office of Global Women's Issues, a policy office within the State Department focused on women's rights and empowerment through foreign policy.

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CNN and Newsy contributed to this report