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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Congress is nearing a deal on a massive spending package to keep the government funded through September, according to congressional aides.

While lawmakers weren't able to finish their work by last Friday and were forced to pass a one-week extension of funding, one congressional aide familiar with negotiations says it's possible a deal is posted late Sunday night, before members return to Washington Monday evening.

A Senate Democratic leadership aide tells ABC News negotiators are "pretty close" with "only a couple of remaining issues."

The $1 trillion-plus deal is expected to include border security funding, but will not allocate any funds to the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans and Democrats have also sparred over public health funding for Puerto Rico and benefits for coal miners.

With just five days until the temporary government funding measure expires and the House begins another recess, GOP leaders have a narrow window for action this week. To that end, Republican vote counters in the House have been in contact with members throughout the weekend regarding the party's stalled health care plan.

Republicans are thought to be within striking distance of the votes needed to pass the measure, though at least 17 House Republicans have told ABC News they plan to oppose the proposal. The GOP can only afford to lose approximately 21 votes in the House and still pass the bill, assuming all Democrats are present for the vote.

While the situation remains fluid, the vote count is "trending in the right direction," according to one GOP aide.

Even if Republicans do send the bill to the floor, it's expected to be a close vote. Several centrist Republicans were still undecided on the bill on Friday -- and may very well stay that way until it's time to cast their votes.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump appeared to give Kim Jong Un credit for leading North Korea after his father’s death, calling him a “pretty smart cookie.”

The president in an interview that aired Sunday was asked by John Dickerson of CBS for his impression of the North Korean dictator.

Trump said he has “no idea” if the the Pyongang leader is sane. He also alluded to when Kim Jong Un took control of the country after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011.

“I can tell you this, and a lot of people don’t like when I say it, but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He’s dealing with obviously very tough people,” Trump said.

“A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it,” Trump said. “So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie.”

The president went on to criticize previous Republican and Democratic administrations for their handling of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Kim Jong Un in 2013 executed his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, calling him “worse than a dog.”

The young North Korean leader's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, who was Kim Jong Il’s eldest son and at one time his likely successor, was killed in Malaysia last February at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Trump said similar things about Kim Jong Un in a Reuters interview last week.

"He's 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So say what you want, but that is not easy, especially at that age,” the president said. "I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the Trump administration has "looked at" changes to libel laws that would curtail press freedoms, but said "whether that goes anywhere is a different story."

President Trump frequently slams the press for its coverage of him and in March suggested changing libel laws.

Libel is when defamatory statements about someone are published. But the American press enjoys some protection from lawsuits claiming libel because of the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech rights.

The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel laws? https://t.co/QIqLgvYLLi

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017

When Priebus was asked by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl if the president would really want to pursue a change in libel laws, the White House chief of staff said it’s been considered.

"I think it's something that we've looked at," Priebus told Karl in an exclusive interview on This Week Sunday. "How that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story."

Priebus said the media needs "to be more responsible with how they report the news."

He also addressed another First Amendment issue on flag burning. Priebus hinted that the Trump administration may look at punishing flag burners, as Trump suggested in a tweet during the transition.

Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed President Trump's record in his first 100 days in office, saying, "He hasn’t really proposed anything.”

"We're looking for the infrastructure bill, which ... we [would] welcome and want to work with the president on," Pelosi told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview that aired on This Week Sunday. "We welcome some of his ideas that he said in the campaign about work and home balance in terms of child care ... affordable child care."

Pelosi also said Democrats would be willing to work with Trump on tax reform, but she blasted the president's tax reform proposal as a gift to the ultra-wealthy.

"We said we would work on a tax reform for fairness and transparency," the California Democrat said. "But what did he put out? ... A wish list for billionaires."

Karl asked Pelosi if Democrats are open to cutting the corporate tax rate, which Trump is proposing to slash from 35 percent to 15 percent.

She said 15 percent is too low -- "you just can't cover your cost." But, she said, "we could split the difference" between Trump's proposal and the current rate.

Pressed by Karl on whether the Democrats could reach a deal on taxes with Republicans and the administration, Pelosi said, “Absolutely, and we stand ready to do that.”

At one point during the interview, the House minority leader mistakenly referred to Trump as Bush, and then said she now wishes former Republican President George W. Bush was back in the White House.

"President Bush, I never thought I'd pray for the day you were president again," Pelosi said.

"You're praying for the day that President Bush is president again?" Karl asked.

"Well, yes." Pelosi said, adding that despite opposing the former president on some issues, Democrats worked with him on others, including passing an energy bill and tax changes.

Looking ahead to the 2018 elections, Pelosi indicated that she thinks Democrats could make gains in the House.

"History is on our side," she said, recounting recent midterm elections when the party not occupying the White House increased its representation in Congress. "It's nothing to be taken for granted, but ... I've never in my years of politics seen so much enthusiasm" among Democrats.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed President Trump's record on his first 100 days in office, saying, "He hasn’t really proposed anything.”

On immigration, Pelosi gave a firm “no” when asked if Democrats would agree to fund a Mexican border wall if Trump and Republicans in Congress supported a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.

“Is there a possibility for the two sides, even on an issue like immigration, to come together -- money for the wall, but also a path to citizenship?” Karl asked.

“No,” Pelosi answered. “We don't have to pay for us to do the right thing as a country. And overwhelmingly, the American people support a path to citizenship for the people who are in our country.”

According to a Gallup poll conducted in July 2016, 84 percent of Americans support a path for unauthorized immigrants who meet certain conditions to become U.S. citizens. In that same poll, only 33 percent of Americans supported building a Mexican border wall.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for TBS(WASHINGTON) -- The White House Correspondents' Dinner wasn't the only see-and-be-seen soiree in the nation's capital Saturday night.

Samantha Bee, host of TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, hosted a correspondents' dinner counter-event earlier in the day: The appropriately-titled "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner." The non-profit Committee to Protect Journalists will receive proceeds from the event's broadcast.

Among the celebrities who descended upon DAR Constitution Hall, were Alysia Reiner of Orange Is the New Black, Retta of Parks and Recreation, Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef, Ana Gasteyer of People of Earth, Ashley Nicole Black of Full Frontal, and Matt Walsh of Veep. George Takei and Patton Oswalt made cameos in pre-taped segments, including one in which Allison Janney reprised her West Wing role as press secretary C.J. Cregg.

 But the star attraction of the event -- which featured guests roasting President Trump -- was Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell reprising his legendary George W. Bush impersonation.

"How do you like me now?" he said to the audience, which roared with laughter. "The prodigal son has returned. I don't know what that means, but I know it's positive. It's very prodigal."

Among the jabs Bee took at the president, were jokes about the wall along the Mexico-U.S. border.

"I know it looks like we have a cash bar," she joked, "but as I promised on the invitation, at a later date I will get Mexico to pay for your drinks."

And speaking to the journalists in the room, she said, "as much as I love poking at the media, I know your job has never been harder: You basically get paid to stand in a cage while a geriatric orangutan gets to scream at you -- it's like a reverse zoo."

The comedian, 47, previously told reporters during a conference call that the event was meant to be a "prom for the nerds not invited to the nerd prom."

When White House Correspondents’ Association President Jeff Mason was asked about Bee's event by the Washington Post, although he didn't mention her event specifically, he did say that the WHCA planned to move forward with its event.

"The WHCA looks forward to hosting our annual dinner this year as we do every year to celebrate the First Amendment, reward some of the finest reporting of the past year and recognize promising young student journalists," his statement read.

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Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Daily Show comedian Hasan Minhaj hammered President Donald Trump and his administration at the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night, saying that the president, who skipped the event for a rally in Pennsylvania, "can't take a joke."

"I think he's in Pennsylvania because he can't take a joke," Minhaj said. "A lot of people told me, 'Hasan, that if you go after the administration it would be petty, unfair, and childish.' In other words 'presidential,' so here we go."

 "I would say it was an honor to be here but that would be an alternative fact. It is not," Minhaj said. "No one wanted to do this, so of course it lands in the hands of an immigrant. It's how it always goes down. No one wanted this gig -- no one. Don Rickles died so you wouldn't ask him to do this gig. R.I.P. to Don Rickles, the only Don with skin thick enough to take a joke like that. RIP to the legend."

Minhaj said he was asked not to roast Trump and the administration without a representative there but felt he should anyway because the event is about celebrating free speech.

"Only in America would a first generation Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the President of America," Minhaj said. "The orange man behind the Muslim ban. And it's a sign to the rest of the world, it's this amazing tradition that not even the president is beyond the reach of the first amendment. But the president didn't show up. Because the man doesn't care about free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledge the amendment that allows him to do it."

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ABCNews.com(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- President Trump marked his 100th day in office with a campaign rally in Pennsylvania this evening, assailing one of his favorite targets from the electoral cycle, the media, as he skipped the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

He also revisited many other themes from his campaign: building a border wall, repealing and replacing Obamacare, ensuring border security and assailing the Obama administration and Democrats as weak leaders while touting "100 days of devotion hard work and love for our country."

Trump's remarks were interrupted by several protesters, and as had been the case during some campaign rallies, he paused his speech and told security officials to "get 'em out."

"There's no place I'd rather be than right here in Pennsylvania," Trump told the crowd in Harrisburg.

"As you may know there's another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington D.C.," Trump added. "Did you hear about that? A large group of Hollywood actors, and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation's Capitol right now.

"They are gathered together for the White House Correspondent's Dinner -- without the president. And I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington's swamp, spending my evening with all of you."

He went on to call the media "a disgrace" and "incompetent."

Trump said that many journalists are "trapped at the dinner, which will be very, very boring," but he suggested that he could "make it more interesting" next year by showing up.

He praised the work that he and his administration have done on a series of issues, from immigration and border security to bringing back jobs, making specific references to coal mining jobs in Pennsylvania.

"We have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal and we are putting our miners back to work. We love our miners," Trump said.

"We are keeping one promise after another and frankly the people are really happy about it. They see what's happening, but to understand the historic progress we have made we must speak honestly about the situation we and I inherited, because -- believe me -- the previous administration gave us a mess," he said.

Tonight's rally was reminiscent of many of Trump's campaign rallies, with him pausing to enjoy chants from the crowd, commenting on posters -- including one that read "Blacks for Trump" -- and reading a poem called "The Snake" that was a regular feature of his campaign events.

He was introduced by Vice President Mike Pence, who touted the administration's accomplishments.

"In just 100 days, President Trump has turned America around and he's just getting started," Pence said.

The rally ended with the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" -- a song that typically ended Trump's rallies.

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Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The group that represents reporters and news organizations that cover the White House pushed back against attacks on the media Saturday night at its annual dinner to raise money for journalism scholarships and celebrate the First Amendment.

Two notable speakers at the dinner were Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, reporters famous for their stories on the Watergate scandal.

"Mr. President, the media is not fake news," Woodward said in his remarks, referencing President Donald Trump's frequent invocation about the mainstream media.

Bernstein also recalled their time reporting on the Nixon administration, citing some of Woodward's advice about reporting.

"Almost inevitably, unreasonable government secrecy is the enemy," Bernstein said. "And when lying is combined with secrecy, it's usually a road map to what the real story might be."

President Donald Trump has levied attacks against news organizations that covered his campaign and now his presidency, calling stories "fake news" and calling the media the "enemy of the American people."

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017

"We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people," said White House Correspondents' Association President Jeff Mason.

The president said he would not attend the dinner this year and White House staffers said they will also skip the event "in solidarity" with the president. Trump held a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

But Trump did attend the Correspondents' Dinner as a guest in 2011, when he was teased by President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers over Trump's support for the "birther movement," which questioned whether Obama was an American citizen.

The annual dinner is held by the WHCA to celebrate the First Amendment and raise money for journalism scholarships.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- The Office of Government Ethics has sent a letter to the White House and all executive branch agency heads asking for copies of any waivers that the Trump administration may have granted to appointees exempting them from ethics rules.

The letter requests any waivers granted by the White House to appointees be provided to the government ethics office, an independent government agency, by June 1.

The administration has the authority to grant ethics waivers to appointees.

The Office of Government Ethics director, Walter Shaub, said in an interview that the Obama administration similarly granted waivers. But he said the prior administration's waivers were given “under a narrow set of circumstances” and were posted publicly on the Office of Government Ethics’ website.

The ethics office is an independent watchdog overseeing compliance of ethics rules inside the executive branch, and early on was a thorn in the side of the White House after raising alarm over President Trump's refusal to divest from his business empire.

Since then, the OGE has been tasked with assisting the Trump Administration's officials address any potential conflicts of interest so they're able to serve in positions without creating the appearance of using public office for private gain.

But the New York Times reported in mid-April that in at least two instances, the Trump administration "secretly issued" waivers exempting officials from ethics rules. One case, as the New York Times reported, involved Trump's top energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, who worked as a lobbyist on behalf of oil and gas companies until late last year before taking his current post where he advises on issues that would have a direct implication on his former clients.

The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday night that its website will be updated to match the Trump administration's views on issues like climate change and specific policies like the Clean Power Plan.

The climate change website used to house extensive information on climate science and efforts to combat climate change.

But if you search for that info on the current EPA website it directs you to a page that says "this site is being updated" with a link to a version of the site archived on January 19.

Scientists, activists and journalists have been working to preserve information from the EPA and other agency websites amid concerns that research and data could be taken down. Reports began circulating earlier this week that the agency would shut down its website that provides access to raw data this weekend, but the EPA tweeted that the site will stay up.

 The original climate change page on the EPA website featured weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration, graphics showing the impact of climate change on different parts of the country and information on what the EPA and individuals can do to combat climate change.

The EPA said in a press release that the site was outdated and no longer in line with administration policy, though it will follow the procedures to archive information on the site.

"As EPA renews its commitment to human health and clean air, land, and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency," EPA spokesman J.P. Freire said in a statement.

The statement said that policy-related pages like the Clean Power Plan would be changed first, but in regards to information about climate change said only that "content related to climate and regulation is also under review."

Information on the EPA's website has been used to call out inconsistent statements made by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has said that he had doubt that carbon dioxide emitted by human activity was a primary cause of climate change.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner, marking the first time since 1981 that a sitting president is not attending the dinner, which is hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA).

The dinner is an evening to celebrate the First Amendment and freedom of the press to hold power to account in Washington, D.C. Though in recent years the dinner has featured a plethora of A-list celebrities, this year's event is shaping up to be more subdued, with journalism in the spotlight.

Back in February, Trump announced on Twitter his decision not to attend the dinner, one week after he labeled the media “enemy of the American People” and “fake news.” During the campaign, he regularly attacked and berated individual reporters who he thought gave him unfavorable coverage.

"Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" the commander-in-chief wrote in announcing his decision to skip the event.

The dinner falls on Trump’s 100th day in office. Instead of dressing up with the White House press corps and schmoozing with Washington insiders, the president will be holding a “big” rally in Pennsylvania for supporters.

Before his life in politics, Trump did attend the dinner in 2011, where then-President Barack Obama roasted Trump.

In an interview with PBS's Frontline, White House adviser Omarosa Manigault pointed to that night as what essentially drove Trump to run for president.

In a February interview with Fox News, Trump fondly recalled that he “loved that evening” and “had a great time.”

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC News in a February interview that Trump isn't a “president that was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities.”

She also shed some light on why Trump declined the invitation to attend.

“I think it's kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn't there,” Sanders said of the press and the president.

“You know, one of the things we say in the south if a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her? I think that this is a pretty similar scenario. There's no reason for him to go in and sit and pretend like this is going to be just another Saturday night.”

Sanders added, “I think he'll spend the night focused on what he can do to help better America.”

A usual highlight of the night is when the president delivers a joke-filled speech, followed by the keynote roast by a famous comedian. Without Trump tonight, comedian Hasan Minhaj, a senior correspondent for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” will be left alone to provide the night’s comedic relief.

“Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media," WHCA president and White House correspondent for Reuters Jeff Mason said in a statement.

Journalism icons Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are also slated to speak and present awards.

As for next year’s soiree, Trump promises he won’t miss it.

"I would come next year, absolutely," he told Reuters in a recent interview.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has tried to shrug off the importance of the 100-day marker, but he's still going to be celebrating it and touting his accomplishments.

"It's a false standard -- 100 days -- but I have to tell you I don't think anybody has done what we've been able to do in 100 days so we're very happy," Trump said in the Oval Office on Friday.

Trump is celebrating his 100th day in office outside of the White House with a campaign rally in Pennsylvania this evening.

The unconventional president is bucking tradition and skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which is also being held Saturday evening.

Instead, he's headed to the event in Harrisburg, which is slated to start at 7:30 p.m., the same time as the correspondents dinner.

The so-called "Nerd Prom" isn't the only big event happening in D.C. Saturday either, as a protest march about climate change will also be held in the Capitol as well.

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ABC News(ATLANTA) -- President Trump said he is "proud" to follow in the footsteps of "our wonderful Ronald Reagan" by speaking at a National Rifle Association event in Atlanta on Friday.

"In the history of the organization and today I am also proud to be the first sitting president to address the NRA leadership forum since our wonderful Ronald Reagan in 1983," Trump said.

Friday's meeting at the NRA's Leadership Forum isn't Trump's first speech to the gun rights group. He was endorsed by the NRA in May and spoke at their convention at the time.

"Only one candidate in the general election came to speak to you and that candidate is now the president of the United States standing before you again," Trump said of himself during his speech.

"The eight year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House," Trump said.

His appearance Friday marks the first time that a sitting president has addressed the group since former President Reagan did so in 1983.

The NRA is known for their sizable lobbying operation and by raising money for -- and against -- candidates. The group made over $52 million in donations to candidates during the 2016 election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. They spent $30.3 million in support of Trump, the CRP reported.

Trump campaigned on the pledge to support and protect the Second Amendment, which he said during his May NRA appearance, was "under a threat like never before." He pointed to his then-rival Hillary Clinton as the basis for that threat.

"Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment, not change it; she wants to abolish it," Trump said at the time, although Clinton had never made such claims.

"The Second Amendment is on the ballot in November. The only way to save our Second Amendment is to vote for a person you know: Donald Trump," he said.

Trump has noted that his two eldest sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, have been longtime members of the NRA.

At Friday's speech, Trump stressed their love of shooting.

"I can tell you, both sons, they love the outdoors. Frankly, I think they love the outdoors more than they love by a long shot Fifth Avenue, but that's OK," Trump joked.

After starting the speech by reviewing the state-by-state wins on election night, Trump talked about the work that he has done on behalf of gun owners. He talked about various appointments he has made, including the nomination and eventual addition of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, as well as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that hundreds of protesters and gun control advocates gathered near the convention site this morning. Part of the protest featured a "die-in," where 93 people will lie down in a local park to represent the number of people who die from gun violence every day, the paper reports.

There will be another protest on Saturday, and Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is scheduled to attend. Lewis and Trump have a turbulent history. Lewis did not attend the inauguration and said he did not see Trump as a "legitimate president." Trump returned the favor by criticizing the civil rights leader, saying that he was "all talk, talk, talk -- no action or results."


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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump signed a a short-term measure Friday to keep the government funded for another week, a move that gives lawmakers more time to reach a deal on a larger spending package.

Congress approved the spending stopgap measure earlier in the day as House members prepared to leave Washington without a vote on the GOP health care bill, denying President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office.

The spending bill capped off a frenzied week on Capitol Hill that underscored the trouble Republicans have had fulfilling both the most basic functions of governance and implementing their ambitious agenda with GOP control of both the White House and Congress.

“One hundred days of broken promises,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., quipped Friday morning.

Democrats, who have railed against GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, had threatened to vote against what is called a continuing resolution to fund the government should Republicans move forward on the health care bill vote.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed the threat, predicting Democrats would be blamed for a partial government shutdown.

Appropriators are finalizing a $1 trillion-plus spending deal, and negotiations continue over natural disaster response funding and funds to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.

The measure is expected to contain funds for border security technology, but not funding for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, which Trump had initially demanded Congress include in the bill.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is blaming former President Barack Obama for not fully vetting Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn after it was revealed that Flynn received payments from foreign governments without approval from military officials in 2014.

In an interview with Fox News released Friday, the president said that Obama officials bear responsibility for the oversight -- not his own administration, which tapped Flynn for the post.

"He was approved by the Obama administration at the highest level. And when they say we didn’t vet, well, Obama, I guess, didn’t vet, because he was approved at the highest level of security by the Obama administration," Trump said. "So when he came into our administration, for a short period of time, he came in, he was already approved by the Obama administration and he had years left on that approval."

Flynn resigned from the post in February.

Both the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Oversight Committee say Flynn may have broken the law by accepting the payments for giving a speech to Russian state television and lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government. Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a statement that "by all appearances" Flynn violated that law, and asked the secretary of the Army to "make a final determination" on whether Flynn broke it.

The Defense Department's inspector general has launched an investigation into Flynn. Documents also show that Flynn was warned against receiving payments from foreign governments without congressional approval by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“These documents raise grave questions about why Gen. Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the top Democrat on the oversight panel, in a statement.

Flynn maintained a top secret security clearance even after he was pushed out of his Obama administration role at the Pentagon in 2014.

Trump also said that he was "disappointed" in how Republicans handled major issues like health care and tax reform.

"I’m disappointed that it doesn’t go quicker," Trump said. "I like them a lot. I have great relationships, don’t forget most of them I didn’t even know. But many of them, like the Freedom Caucus, came and I see them all the time, 'We love our president, we’re doing this for our president.' You look at that, you look at the moderates, it’s the same thing. I’m disappointed. I’ll tell you Paul Ryan’s trying very, very hard. I think everybody is trying very hard. It is a very tough system."

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