Trump signs long-delayed $19.1B disaster aid bill

The bill languished for months amid disputes over border funding, as well as additional aid for Puerto Rico, which the president opposed.
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A tow truck operator hooks a cable to one of the vehicles stranded in flooded water near Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, Minnesota on June 4, 2019, after heavy rain.Jeff Wheeler / Star Tribune via AP

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By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

Trump tweeted a photo of himself holding the signed bill in what appeared to his office aboard Air Force One. The tweet came shortly after Trump landed in Ireland following a ceremony in France commemorating the D-Day invasion.

Trump says the aid, which will benefit states including Georgia and Florida, is: "So important for our GREAT American farmers and ranchers."

The bill languished for months amid disputes over Trump's demand for border funding, as well as additional aid for Puerto Rico, which Trump opposed.

Trump nonetheless tweeted the U.S. territory "should love President Trump," claiming that, "Without me, they would have been shut out!"