US President Donald Trump announces a deal with Democrats to temporarily reopen the government which has been shut down since December 22.
“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said on Friday.
“In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, until February 15,” he added in an address in the White House Rose Garden.
The spending bill Trump and Democrats agreed to does not contain the $5.7 billion he needs for a wall along the US-Mexico border.
The president also threatened to shut down the government again or resort to emergency powers to address the border issue next month if Congress fails to provide border wall funding.
“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 Constitution of the United States to address…