On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump went to TV to announce that he is agreeing to a three-week end to the shutdown during which federal workers may receive backpay and negotiations over funding for border security can continue.
Trump said that he has agreed to a short-term spending bill that will re-open the government.
Trump added that if Congress could not successfully negotiate a budget deal that includes funding for his border security upgrades in the next three weeks, he would be forced to announce a State of Emergency and move ahead with plans to shift the funding that he does control to border security.
“If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government either shuts down on February 15th again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency,” Trump said during his televised address.
Trump insisted that he has heard from enough Democrats who told him that they would negotiate in good faith if he re-opens the government.
“Many disagree, but I really feel that working with Democrats and Republicans, we can make a truly great and secure deal happen for everyone,” the president said.
Trump also announced a bipartisan committee to review requests by border patrol officials for heightened security. “Walls should not be controversial,” Trump added.
Most are saying Trump has caved in to the Democrats with this three-week budget deal.
Trump repeatedly said he would never agree to a bill — not even a temporary one — that would re-open the government unless it had wall funding.
But now he has agreed to just that. A temporary re-opening with no wall funding.
It is also unlikely that Democrats will ever budge on wall funding, so we will most likely face yet another shutdown in three weeks.
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