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Boehner called Trump about signing government funding bill

Boehner called Trump about signing government funding bill
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Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouse conservatives plot to oust Liz Cheney Ex-Speaker Boehner after Capitol violence: 'The GOP must awaken' Boehner congratulates President-elect Joe Biden MORE (R-Ohio) spoke with President Trump on the phone amid the government shutdown showdown earlier this month.

Axios reported Sunday that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus called BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouse conservatives plot to oust Liz Cheney Ex-Speaker Boehner after Capitol violence: 'The GOP must awaken' Boehner congratulates President-elect Joe Biden MORE when the bill was final, telling him Trump was considering vetoing Congress’s funding plan. He asked if the former Speaker would talk with the president about signing the bill.

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Boehner reportedly told Trump that he should avoid a government shutdown and be thankful that the deal included an increase in military spending, Axios said. 

Trump signed on May 5 the $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the end of September. 

Trump approved the measure at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he was spending a long weekend.

Trump offered a mixed response to the measure, saying it was a "clear win" just hours after calling for a government shutdown in September.

Lawmakers left out many of Trump's top priorities in the funding bill, such as money for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The measure boosted defense spending by $21 billion without an accompanying spike in domestic spending, which Republicans championed as a victory.