Washington, Jan 26 : President Donald Trump on Friday announced a deal to end the partial shutdown for three weeks in exchange for a down payment on his border wall and threatened a new shutdown three weeks from now if Congress refuse to approve the funds.
“We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said. “In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, until February 15.”
Trump’s said that he would consider a “reasonable agreement” worked out by Senate leaders to reopen federal agencies came as pressure built on him and congressional Democrats to end the impasse that dragged the shutdown into a 34th day, the longest in U.S. history.
Trump said he asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put the deal to vote on the floor. “After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I heard from enough Democrats and Republicans that they are willing to put partisanship aside – I think – and put the security of the American people first,” POTUS said.
Trump said he would sign the measure and called for a showing of bipartisanship to put a final end to the impasse over funding for a border wall.
“We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” Trump said. “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down again on February 15 or I will use the powers afforded to me under the law and Constitution of the United States to address this emergency. We will have great security.”
Trump first raised the prospect of using an emergency declaration to shift money away from military construction projects toward his wall in early January. Weeks later, he backed away from the idea, saying he didn’t want to move quickly as lawmakers negotiated a legislative solution.