National Security

President Donald Trump Makes Announcement About Government Shutdown

Federal closure has been longest ever; commander-in-chief speaks from White House, thanks 'all Americans'

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President Donald Trump, after an extraordinary period of back-and-forth congressional negotiations, meetings and developments, is expected to announce on Friday in the early afternoon that he’ll support a move to reopen the government for a few weeks.

He is scheduled to speak on this at the White House on Friday afternoon, at approximately 1:30 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

Some sources are reporting on Friday that the White House and Congress may be looking at a short-term spending bill to reopen the government temporarily — and allow time for lawmakers to work out a larger immigration and border security deal, as Fox News and others have noted. It is unclear at this juncture whether funding for the wall will be included or not.

Earlier Friday, his former campaign adviser and associate Roger Stone appeared in federal court — which, as press secretary Sarah Sanders noted in a statement, has “nothing to do with the president.”

Trump is also expected to meet with mayors and pastors later in the day, CBS News and other outlets are reporting.

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