Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had reached an agreement with congressional leaders to temporarily end the “shutdown” that has paralyzed some federal government departments for over a month.
Speaking to the press in the White House Rose Garden, the President of the United States said he would sign a law guaranteeing funding for the federal administration for the next three weeks, until February 15.
“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached an agreement to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” said the US president.
“In a short time, I will sign a law to reopen our government for three weeks until February 15. I will make sure that all employees will receive their wages late very quickly, or as soon as possible,” she said. he added.
The bill, which does not provide funding for the wall wanted by Donald Trump along the Mexican border, will be put to the vote of Congress in the day of Friday, announced the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell.
A bipartisan commission will then be asked to address the issue of security at the border with Mexico, said Donald Trump.
The US president stressed that the United States did not “need” to build a 2,000 km long concrete wall from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico.
“We never proposed this, we never wanted it because we have barriers along the border where natural structures are better than anything we could build,” he said.
To end the “shutdown”, which affects since December 22 some 800,000 federal agents, who find themselves deprived of income, Donald Trump demanded until now the release by the Congress of 5.7 billion dollars for the construction of the wall on the Mexican border.
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But this demand is opposed by the House of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats since early January, and also does not have a qualified majority in the Senate.
The Democrats said they were ready this week to discuss new security measures at the Mexican border but only if the “shutdown” was lifted beforehand.
They won, although Donald Trump warned Friday that the administrations would close again in three weeks if the Congress has not reached a “fair deal” by then.
After his speech, the American president once again threatened to declare the national emergency in the event that the Congress would not give him satisfaction, which would allow to allocate to the construction of the wall funds already released by the Congress for other projects.
A Trump administration official said the White House would accept a compromise to build a wall worth less than $ 5.7 billion.
Asked about the risk of a resumption of the “shutdown”, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, replied that she would be “very sorry to say what the President will do”.
She added that she would discuss with him a new date for the traditional State of the Union speech, which Donald Trump agreed to postpone on Wednesday.
The pressure on Trump was accentuated on Friday morning as several hundred flights were delayed in the New York and Philadelphia areas due to a shortage of airport staff.
The Wall Street benchmarks increased their gains from the first press announcements to around 1%. The yield on 10-year US government bonds also increased, rising by five basis points to 2.76%.