Trump announces deal ending longest-ever government shutdown

Trump has backed down on his demands for $5.7 billion for the US-Mexico border wall

Trump has backed down on his demands for $5.7 billion for the US-Mexico border wall

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

At the White House on Thursday, Trump told reporters he would support "a reasonable agreement" to reopen the government.

In a statement, Trump said that he will sign a bill to ensure "all employees receive back pay very quickly".

The Senate - the upper house of Congress - refused to wave through a bill supported by Trump which would have included the $5.7 billion for his border wall and granted temporary protection for some undocumented workers.

"In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks until February 15".

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

With polls showing most Americans blamed him for the painful shutdown - the longest of its kind in USA history - Trump embraced a way out of the crisis that Democratic House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been pushing for weeks.

The story of how Trump reversed himself, ending the country's longest shutdown with little to show for it, is largely one of acceptance.

With polls showing most Americans blamed him for the painful shutdown - the longest of its kind in USA history - Trump embraced a way out of the crisis that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been pushing for weeks.

The U.S. federal government reopened late Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump ratified a bill funding the government for three weeks.

"We in Congress will roll up our sleeves and try to find some agreement on border security", Schumer said. Trump signed it Friday night, restoring normal operations at a series of federal agencies until February 15 and opening the way to paying the 800,000 federal workers who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay for 35 days. As soon as this shutdown was about to close, he promised everyone a new fight would begin - and another shutdown could soon follow.

The shutdown ended as Democratic leaders had insisted it must - reopen the government first, then talk border security.

As President Donald Trump announced in the Rose Garden on Friday that his quixotic bid to secure more than $5 billion for a border wall would end with no money, he was met with applause from his Cabinet secretaries and senior aides.

"After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I have seen and heard from enough Democrats and Republicans that they are willing to put partisanship aside, I think", Trump said in announcing the deal. In one of her tweet, Coulter said, "Maybe the solution to the border crisis is not deporting 22 million illegals but one Jared Kushner".

King said in an interview "the winners are the 800,000 people" who will go back to work or be paid pay again and had been used as "pawns" during the shutdown.

Trump went on to talk in great detail about his pet project, a border wall between the USA and Mexico.

The FAA also said that departure delays at LaGuardia, as well as Philadelphia and Newark airports, are due to air traffic control staffing shortages.

On Twitter, Mr Trump said the deal to temporarily reopen government was "in no way a concession" on the wall.

With the effects of the shutdown spreading on Friday, Trump said a bipartisan congressional conference committee would meet to come up with a plan for border security. "Hopefully, it will be unnecessary", said Trump, before thanking the federal employees affected by the shutdown.

A pair of Senate votes on Thursday, and a round of telephone calls from frustrated Republicans, made clear he had no way out.

And the world's busiest airport - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - was experiencing long security wait times, a warning sign the week before it expects 150,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl. "My Bar Mitzvah portion taught me this long ago: 'you must pay your workers on the same day before the sun sets for s/he is needy and urgently depends on it.' Deuteronomy 24:15".

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