President Donald Trump said he would sign off on a deal to reopen the government for three weeks, ending the 35-day shutdown without obtaining any funding for his $5.7 billion border wall request.
“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” the president said in the Rose Garden on Friday.
But, according to the Associated Press, Trump is threatening to shutdown the government again or use his presidential powers to address the border issue if he doesn’t get “a fair deal.”
Trump says the border barrier he wants built isn’t “medieval’ and shouldn’t be “controversial” because it will keep drugs and criminals from crossing into the United States.
He’s calling it “smart” and “see-through” walls.
Both the House and the Senate need to vote on the matter and are expected to take up the measure relatively soon.
The proposal, sources tell ABC News, includes no funding for the president’s long-sought border wall.
The president also signaled that he has decided not to declare a national emergency at this time: “I have a very powerful alternative but I didn’t want to use it at this time, hopefully, it will be unnecessary.”
While the president has been slim on the details of the agreement, he did reference a conference committee of House and Senate leaders will act in “good faith” to reach an agreement on border security.
“Over the next 21 days, I expect both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith. This is an opportunity for all parties to work together for the benefit of our whole, beautiful and wonderful nation,” Trump said.
The president thanked federal workers who have endured the shutdown and said he will see to it that they receive back-pay “very quickly or as soon as possible.”
“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,” Trump said.