Trump Says Short-Term Deal Made With Congress To Reopen US Government

Trump Says Short-Term Deal Made With Congress To Reopen US Government

Trump Says Short-Term Deal Made With Congress To Reopen US Government

President Donald Trump will speak from the White House Rose Garden today, where he is expected to announce a deal to end the government shutdown. But it would not include any new funding for Trump's promised border wall, once an ironclad demand that led to the shuttering of government agencies over the past month.

A three-week stopgap spending plan, passed by the Senate and heading to the House of Representatives, now sets up tough talks with lawmakers about how to address security along the U.S.

President Trump ended with a threat to shutdown the government again or "use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the constitution of the United States to address this emergency".

Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, said: "He is basically saying, 'Give me what I want - or give me part of what I want - or I'll shut the government down.'".

President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are closing in on a deal to temporarily reopen the government after the longest shutdown in US history.

Some 800,000 federal workers have either been idled or are working without pay as a result of the shutdown.

Democrats and other critics doubt or deny the country even needs such a barrier, accusing Trump of twisting facts and figures to overstate the scope of any problem along the country's southern border.

The group, many of them new House members, appeared in the chamber Thursday to provide "solidarity" with senators who voted to end the partial government shutdown.

Pressure to end the shutdown increased on Friday after air traffic was delayed at two New York-area airports - LaGuardia and Newark - in addition to Philadelphia International Airport due to staffing issues at a Federal Aviation Administration regional air traffic control center.

Sanders says the Senate leaders are trying to see "whether or not they can work out of the deadlock".

John Kelly, who served as Trump's chief of staff and Homeland Security secretary, and four other former Homeland Security secretaries called the shutdown "unconscionable" in a letter to Trump and Congress, warning that some of the department's 240,000 employees may be forced to quit and look for work elsewhere if they do not get paid.

The president late Wednesday acquiesced to Pelosi's cancellation of his planned January 29 State of the Union address in her chamber until the government reopens.

Democrats framed the votes as a test of support for Mr. Trump, and on that count, it's clear he has more work to do.

A new poll by The Washington Post and ABC found that Trump's popularity had weakened during the shutdown, with 37 per cent of the public approving of his job performance and 58 per cent disapproving.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told the Senate that Trump would go in for a temporary measure to reopen the government for three weeks and negotiate a deal if it included some of his demand for the wall.

In an embarrassment to U.S. President Donald Trump that could weaken his position in negotiations, the Democratic proposal got two votes more than the Republican plan in the Republican-dominated Senate.

Thompson said he is involved in drafting the letter, which he expects to come from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. The deal would leave Trump's request for wall funding for later talks, the aide said.

"They are willing to put partisanship aside, I think, and put the security of the American people first", Trump said.

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