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Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert a federal government shutdown.
The massive bill includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through to September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as an increase in food stamp benefits.
The signing on Sunday, at his private club in Florida came amid escalating criticism over his eleventh-hour demands for larger, $2,000 relief checks and scaled-back spending even though the bill had already passed the House and Senate by wide margins. 
Before agreeing to the deal, senator Bernie Sanders attacked the pathologically narcissistic Mr Trump for his foot-dragging over the issue, which resulted in a lapse in unemployment benefits for millions struggling to make ends meet.
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Asian stocks advance after Trump signs $900B aid package
Asian stock markets rose Monday after President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion economic aid package, helping to reduce uncertainty as governments re-impose travel and business curbs in response to a new coronavirus variant.
Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced as traders returned to work following a three-day Christmas weekend.
Trump signed the measure, which also includes money for other government functions through September, despite expressing frustration that $600 payments to the public werent bigger. His signature following last-minute objections helped to clear away uncertainty as reinstated travel and business curbs threaten to weigh on global economic activity.
Asian stock markets have risen after President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion economic aid package, helping to reduce uncertainty as governments re-impose travel and business curbs in response to a new coronavirus variant
Tom Embury-Dennis28 December 2020 10:19
Trump makes clear frustrations at Covid relief bill
In his statement announcing he was signing the Covid relief bill, Donald Trump repeated his frustrations that it only provides $600 cheques to most Americans instead of the $2,000 that his fellow Republicans already rejected. He also complained about what he considered unnecessary spending by the government at large.
I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed, Mr Trump said in the statement.
While the president insisted he would send Congress a redlined version with items to be removed under the rescission process, those are merely suggestions to Congress. The bill, as signed, would not necessarily be changed.
Democrats, who have the majority in the House, immediately vowed to prevent any cuts. Democrats will reject any rescissions submitted by the president, said Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey. 
Tom Embury-Dennis28 December 2020 10:04
Sanders brands Trump pathologically narcissistic over delays to Covid relief bill
Bernie Sanders on Sunday branded Donald Trump pathologically narcissistic over his initial refusal to sign a Covid relief package intended to help relieve the financial strain on Americans amid the pandemic. 
Despite failing to raise objections during negotiations, and playing next to no role in securing agreement over the bipartisan bill, Mr Trump at first refused to put his name to the $2.3 trillion bill. 
It was only late on Sunday that he caved, but the delay led to a lapse in unemployment benefits for millions of people.
Tom Embury-Dennis28 December 2020 09:45
Trump signs $2.3 trillion Covid relief and government funding bill into law
Donald Trump has finally signed a $2.3 trillion Covid relief and government funding package into law.
The move by the outgoing president ended days of impasse after he initially refused to sign the bill, which includes $900bn in coronavirus relief.
He had branded the bill a disgrace – despite raising no objections during negotiations – just days before eventually putting pen to paper.
US correspondent Graeme Massie has more:
Outgoing president had called the package a disgrace over $600 payments to struggling Americans
Tom Embury-Dennis28 December 2020 09:21
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Tom Embury-Dennis28 December 2020 09:16