On Friday afternoon in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump faced a group of reporters for a hastily called address to inform then that a plan has been reached to reopen the federal government for three weeks.

“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” said President Trump. “As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative, but I didn’t want to use it at this time, and hopefully, it will be unnecessary. In a short while, I will sign a bill that will open our government for three weeks, and I will make sure that all employees will receive their back pay as soon as possible.”

After speaking for about 15 minutes on the need for a wall or physical barrier on the southern border, Trump said this.

“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 will either shut down again on February 15th, or I will use the powers afforded to me by the U.S. Constitution to address this emergency.”

So far, there has been no announcement from Congress that any funds have yet been allocated or offered for a border wall.


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