US President Donald Trump has announced a deal to reopen the government after more than 34 days, the longest shutdown in US history.
Trump said that Democrats and Republicans are willing to put their partisanship aside to
“put the security of the American people first.”
“In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks,” he said, adding that lawmakers would work over this time on a more permanent solution of the border issues.
The president thanked federal workers and their families for “their devotion in the face of hardship.” Some 800,000 government employees were lefts without their paycheck for a month with many still having to work.
Although Trump didn’t reveal any detail of the deal, he talked extensively in his address about the wall giving arguments for its construction.
The president expanded on the acts that may be committed by “criminals” coming into the country over the border, from dealing drugs to assaults on women. He said that cartels, transnational gangs, human traffickers are “brazenly violating US laws and terrorizing innocent communities.” Trump also promised that the plan would include desperately needed humanitarian assistance to those being exploited by coyotes, smugglers.
The president said that if the deal is not reached by February 15 leading to another government shutdown he would have to use ” emergency powers.”
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