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Trump announces deal to reopen US government

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday announced a maintain opposition Democrats to quickly reopen america federal govt, close down for a file five weeks through a bitter row over funding for a US-Mexico border wall.

"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."

US lawmakers and the White House have been under intense pressure to resolve the deadlock, as hundreds of thousands of federal employees headed into a 2d month with out paychecks, and the political stalemate started to disrupt some of the country's busiest airports.

While staunchly protecting his wall mission -- which he claims is had to stay out criminals and drug traffickers -- Trump made no announcement regarding his demand for $five.7 billion to fund the barrier, a key promise made to his right-wing supporters.

Instead, he said a "bipartisan conference committee" of lawmakers from the Republican-held Senate and Democrat-controlled House would started working on the query of border safety, with the problem of wall financing at the top of their agenda.

"Over the next 21 days, I expect that both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith," said the president -- who went on to threaten a new shutdown 3 weeks from now will have to Congress refuse to approve the price range.

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

"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 this emergency."

Trump has spoken for weeks about using his presidential authority to claim an emergency on america border with Mexico with the intention to fund the controversial mission with out congressional approval.

After two competing bills to end the partial shutdown failed in the Senate on Thursday, lawmakers have been urgently scrambling for a fix that will get federal staff back on the task.

Normally paid every two weeks, 800,000 employees missed a 2d instantly paycheck Friday, a state of affairs that has reached a disaster level for thousands of American families.

The urgency was underscored as flight delays rippled across portions of the jap US because of staffing shortages in airports the place staff, including air site visitors controllers, had been ordered to paintings with out pay.

Trump -- whose administration has been accused of being deaf to the shutdown's impact -- paid tribute to those affected.

"I want to thank all of the incredible federal workers and their amazing families who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship," he said.

The president went on to reassert that many federal employees had sponsored him over the shutdown.

"In many cases you encouraged me to keep going because you care so much about all our country and about its border security," he said.

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