US President Donald Trump hailed a new deal with the Congress which guarantees 12 weeks of paid family leave, in Washington DC on Thursday.

"This week, my administration reached a historic deal with Congress. The federal government will now give 12 weeks of paid family leave to all federal employees, something that nobody expected,” said Trump speaking at a White House summit on child care and paid leave.

"In everything we do, we're putting the American families first and frankly, we're putting America first," added Trump who reportedly greenlighted the paid parental leave for federal workers in return for his cherished space force programme.

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