President Trump announces deal with Democrats to end shutdown

President Donald Trump said Friday he's reached a deal to reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown.

Posted: Jan 25, 2019 2:26 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2019 4:36 PM

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump conceded Friday to mounting pressure that he reopen the federal government, agreeing to a temporary funding measure that would allow federal employees to return to work but that does not include the billions of dollars in border wall funding he's spent the past month demanding.

The outcome of the 35-day standoff leaves Trump politically chastened.

Democrats have insisted since December that he sign a measure reopening the government before they sit for talks on border wall funding. After weeks of resistance, Trump agreed to just that on Friday, rendering the past month of stalemate a futile exercise in brinkmanship that left hundreds of thousands of federal workers unpaid and anxious.

With Trump's signal of support, lawmakers are moving quickly to pass spending bills that would allow shuttered federal agencies to reopen.

In his Rose Garden remarks, Trump did not appear conciliatory nor did he concede defeat; instead, he continued to paint the matter as a national security crisis and said another shutdown is possible if lawmakers cannot agree to new border wall funding.

"As everyone knows I have a very powerful alternative but I'm not going to use it at this time," Trump said after declaring he'd struck a deal to reopen government. CNN reported exclusively on Thursday that a national emergency proclamation had been drafted that would allow for potentially billions of federal dollars to be put toward wall construction.

"If we don't get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15 again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency," Trump said. "We will have great security."

Nearly his entire Cabinet and many of his senior advisers had assembled along the Rose Garden colonnade to listen to Trump speak. They offered enthusiastic applause during his speech, which Trump opened by saying he was "very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government."

The measure Trump agreed to would allow federal workers to resume being paid as Democratic and Republican lawmakers convene to discuss the administration's requests for border security funding. Trump spent the past weeks demanding that any measure reopening the government include $5.7 billion in funding for a barrier on the US-Mexico border, which was a signature campaign promise.

A deal gets struck

But amid mounting pressure from Republican lawmakers and a budding air travel meltdown, Trump yielded to Democrats' request that government be reopened before the border wall funding issue be debated. The measures being considered by Congress include no new border wall funding.

Democrats emerged proclaiming victory.

"Our unity is our power -- and that is maybe what the President underestimated," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol after Trump spoke.

At a White House meeting with Hispanic pastors after announcing the temporary agreement, Trump said he was optimistic a more permanent deal could be reached.

"I think we have a good chance," he said. "We'll work with the Democrats and negotiate and if we can't do that, then we'll do a -- obviously we'll do the emergency because that's what it is. It's a national emergency."

Polls have shown Trump is receiving the overwhelming blame for the shutdown. The latest Washington Post/ABC poll, released in the moments before Trump spoke on Friday, indicated 53% of respondents blamed Trump and the GOP for the shutdown while 34% blamed Pelosi and the Democrats. About 10% said both are equally responsible.

The standoff was also set to deprive Trump of a key presidential privilege: the yearly State of the Union address, which Pelosi said on Thursday could not occur in the House chamber while the shutdown dragged on. Trump was unwilling to deliver the address in an alternative location; it wasn't clear Friday whether the speech would proceed after all.

Speaking after Trump, Pelosi said she would discuss a "mutually agreeable date" for the State of the Union with the White House.

The escalating political toll came as the consequences of the shutdown became more apparent. Pressure to end the shutdown increased on Friday after air traffic was delayed at two New York-area airports -- LaGuardia and Newark -- in addition to Philadelphia International Airport due to staffing issues at a Federal Aviation Administration regional air traffic control center.

Trump's aides, along with his outside political advisers and his allies on Capitol Hill, have worried major flight issues would amplify the blame Trump is already facing for the shutdown. They, too, believed that major disruptions to air travel would ramp up pressure to reopen the government without wall funding.

Earlier in the day, one of Trump's top allies suggested the delays could shake loose a deal.

"I think the problems at the airport are a sign of things to come and I've been ready for weeks now to reopen the government and give us a chance without a shutdown hanging over us to reach a compromise," Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters on Friday.

Mounting tension

A day earlier, Republican lawmakers vented their frustration at Vice President Mike Pence during a tense lunch over a lack of a strategy out of the shutdown. Trump spent much of Thursday evening and Friday on the phone with Republican leaders, who worked to convince him to end the shutdown.

The pressure increased when two competing proposals to end the deadlock failed in the Senate on Thursday. After those measures collapsed, Republican and Democratic leaders began frenzied negotiations to end the shutdown, which left 800,000 federal workers without another paycheck on Friday. That resulted in the three-week stopgap funding measure that would fund the government and allow workers to be paid.

Trump said on Thursday he would accept such a measure only if it included a "prorated down payment" on the border wall. Neither he nor his aides specified a dollar figure for the down payment, and there was no mention of the "down payment" in Friday's remarks.

Once the short-term measure is passed, lawmakers will return to negotiations over the money while federal workers return to their jobs. Federal workers have now gone two pay periods without paychecks. Trump said from the Rose Garden that workers, who went for weeks without pay, would receive wages soon.

"I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible. It'll happen fast," Trump said.

Criticized over the course of the shutdown for appearing to lack empathy for unpaid workers, Trump on Friday offered effusive praise for the federal workforce, thanking employees for their "devotion in the face of this recent hardship."

"When I say make America great again -- it could never be done without you," Trump said, calling federal workers "great people."

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 149166

Reported Deaths: 3960
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion24564781
Lake13079350
St. Joseph8788157
Elkhart8371132
Allen7815221
Hamilton5923113
Vanderburgh553050
Tippecanoe350914
Monroe319438
Hendricks3140130
Johnson2972127
Porter293248
Clark282157
Delaware279674
Vigo248837
Madison226991
Cass221020
LaPorte213057
Warrick186563
Kosciusko173121
Floyd172766
Howard157466
Bartholomew138657
Dubois133724
Marshall130626
Henry121828
Boone118648
Grant118039
Wayne117123
Hancock114144
Noble111333
Jackson107412
Morgan91540
Dearborn90328
Daviess83732
Gibson82611
Clinton81316
Shelby78329
Lawrence77832
LaGrange76615
Harrison73324
Knox69610
Putnam69515
DeKalb68611
Posey6745
Steuben5888
Miami5765
Fayette57515
Montgomery56422
White56215
Jasper5464
Greene51237
Scott50613
Decatur49439
Adams4645
Whitley4316
Clay4276
Sullivan42412
Ripley4178
Wells4125
Orange38624
Wabash3859
Starke3847
Huntington3695
Spencer3686
Franklin36325
Jennings35913
Washington3512
Randolph3378
Fulton3292
Jefferson3285
Pike31612
Carroll30813
Perry28914
Jay2816
Fountain2743
Tipton26623
Parke2182
Newton21111
Vermillion2111
Rush2034
Owen1991
Martin1950
Blackford1903
Crawford1481
Pulaski1431
Brown1283
Ohio1187
Benton1070
Union1020
Switzerland840
Warren731
Unassigned0233

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 183624

Reported Deaths: 5075
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin30777635
Cuyahoga19345674
Hamilton16016338
Montgomery10000185
Lucas8123370
Butler7914123
Summit6476260
Warren398160
Stark3632178
Mahoning3605283
Marion333049
Pickaway295846
Delaware278427
Lorain265489
Fairfield256156
Licking244965
Wood242981
Clark237954
Clermont230237
Trumbull2208134
Greene214040
Columbiana209687
Allen201373
Miami192756
Lake186957
Medina177742
Portage154667
Mercer144927
Ross132833
Wayne129668
Richland127524
Tuscarawas119022
Athens11572
Erie113453
Darke109950
Madison102314
Hancock99521
Auglaize93616
Putnam89227
Lawrence89025
Shelby85714
Muskingum8284
Geauga82550
Scioto7919
Belmont77127
Union7263
Ashtabula71448
Huron6989
Sandusky69122
Preble58817
Seneca58214
Ottawa56030
Holmes55010
Fulton4896
Henry44917
Jefferson4474
Defiance44213
Fayette4288
Clinton42613
Jackson4257
Crawford4178
Logan3983
Champaign3793
Highland3774
Ashland3715
Brown3603
Knox35615
Perry35111
Washington33023
Morrow3252
Hardin31413
Williams3144
Coshocton29512
Pike2820
Guernsey2808
Wyandot28013
Gallia27413
Van Wert2213
Meigs20712
Adams1956
Hocking1899
Paulding1871
Carroll1867
Monroe14318
Noble1160
Vinton883
Harrison763
Morgan710
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 50°
Angola
Broken Clouds
52° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 52°
Huntington
Overcast
49° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 45°
Decatur
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 50°
Van Wert
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 50°
Morning Rain Wednesday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events