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Reports: Trump expected to announce he’ll back move to reopen government

Posted: 12:01 PM, Jan 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-25 14:41:59-05

Multiple news sources are reporting that President Trump is expected to announce Friday he’ll back a move to reopen the government for a few weeks.

Trump is slated to make a statement on this development at the White House Friday afternoon, amid a tumultuous day with the federal government shutdown affecting staffing at airports. Earlier Friday, his former campaign adviser and associate Roger Stone appeared in federal court. Mr. Trump is expected to meet with mayors and pastors later in the day.

CBS News reports that Trump is expected to back a continuing resolution (CR) — which would fund the government at current levels — and reopen the government for a few weeks.

The border security debate will continue while the resolution is in place, but the move is designed to take the stress off the system and assure that federal workers will get paid.

CNN reports the deal would be a CR for three weeks, including the current level of fecing and wall repair money of approximately $1.3 billion for the year.

There apparently are still issues over backpay provisions that any agreement would include, a source tells CNN. Once it’s passed, lawmakers then would have three weeks to hammer out an agreement that addresses President Trump’s border wall funding request.

And if Trump and Congress doesn’t reach a deal, Trump is expected to say he’ll invoke a national emergency.

The announcement comes as the partial government shutdown has stretched into its 35th day — longest in American history.

We’ll be back with more information for this breaking news story.