Trump temporarily ends shutdown without border wall money

Sunday, 27 Jan, 2019

President Donald Trump agreed under mounting pressure on Friday to end a 35-day-old partial US government shutdown without getting the $5.7 billion he had demanded from Congress for a border wall, handing a political victory to Democrats.

"He might take a short-term hit but overall in the grand scheme of things, it's not a big deal as long as he is ultimately seen as committed to border security", O'Connell told Reuters.

On Friday, despite his concession in allowing the government to reopen without the guarantee of a wall, he said he was not backing down from it as a key proposal. For the President, however, the barrier was the main promise of his nationalistic election campaign.

He predicted that some Democrats would be willing to cut a border-security deal in coming weeks that includes money for a wall, even as party leaders have said they have no intention of funding Trump's border wall.

He has been considering declaring a national emergency in order to fund the border wall unilaterally, a move that would nearly certainly face legal hurdles.

"We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier", Trump said.

If Congress does not produce a fair deal over the next three weeks, Trump said, the government will either shut down again on February 15, or he will use the emergency powers given to him by the Constitution to address the emergency on the border. During the shutdown, he said he and other conservative leaders had been aggressively defending the president's hardline approach.

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.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have been furloughed or, as with some airport workers, required to work without pay.

On Friday, President Trump agreed to temporarily reopen the federal government with nothing allocated for a border wall, after shutting down the government for 35 days in an attempt to secure money for a border wall.

"It's sad, though, that it's taken this long to come to an obvious conclusion", she said.

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President Trump and Congressional leaders have reached a deal to end the partial government shutdown that began December 22 and has become the longest in United States history.

It was a harsh, indisputable reality for the president. Democratic leadership has not met with the President since January 9, when he stormed out.

"Democrats are firmly against the wall". "He might have known he couldn't have gotten it out of Republicans anyway".

Before Friday, neither the president or Democratic leaders appeared to want to budge or give up anything to end the shutdown. A strong majority of Americans blamed him for the standoff and rejected his arguments for a border wall, recent polls show.

Also affected is the Internal Revenue Service. Food-safety inspectors were off work.

In a video message to agents on Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray said: "I'm about as angry as I've been in a long, long time". "It's mind-boggling, it's shortsighted, and it's unfair", he said in a video message Friday.

Yet Perkins, like other more forgiving Trump supporters, acknowledged that the president must ultimately craft a deal that includes funding for the border wall.

He said: "Thank you to the Republican National Committee, (the RNC), who voted UNANIMOUSLY yesterday to support me in the upcoming 2020 Election".

Meanwhile, Mexico's Foreign Ministry said the administration of President Donald Trump has informed them the United States will send the first group of 20 asylum seekers back to Mexican territory later on Friday through the global border crossing in Tijuana.