President Donald Trump on Friday announced he would agree to a temporary truce to allow for the government to re-open while a broader deal on securing the border is agreed.
‘WE HAVE REACHED A DEAL’
Speaking at a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump said he would back a three-week end to the longest-ever government shutdown.
“We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and re-open the federal government,” Trump said. He said he had a “powerful alternative” — an allusion to signing an emergency order — but that he didn’t want to use it.
Trump backed away from his initial request for more than $5 billion in funding, and then a second request for a so-called “down payment.”
The 35-day shutdown had cost some 800,000 federal workers two paychecks, as the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily restricted traffic at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. Trump said the deal will allow for back pay to be paid to these workers.
“Having barriers, fences and walls, or whatever you want to call it, will be an important part of the solution,” Trump said. He said a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers will begin negotiations on the topic.
The S&P 500
gained about 10% during the shutdown.
WHO ALERTED CNN, PRESIDENT ASKS
Ahead of that announcement, Trump alluded to the FBI raid on the home of Roger Stone, who was the 34th person charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.
Stone was charged with obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering. Trump tweeted, “who alerted CNN to be there,” a reference to the news network broadcasting footage of the FBI raid, as he again referred to a “witch hunt.”
Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019
Stone for his part said he would plead not guilty and would not testify against the president. CNN over Twitter said the video was “the result of determined reporting and interpreting clues revealed in the course of events. That’s called journalism.”
A longtime Trump adviser, Stone allegedly lied to House investigators about his involvement with WikiLeaks to get negative information about Hillary Clinton.
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