President Trump on Friday announced that an agreement has been reached to reopen the federal government as soon as Congress can approve a temporary budget resolution and deliver it to his office.
But he warned the partial government shutdown will resume Feb. 15 if the House and Senate fail to deliver a bill that adequately protects the border with Mexico.
There was no immediate word on whether the agreement includes money specifically allocated for a border barrier, as the president has requested.
The Democrats’ opposition to his $5.7 billion request for border security led to the shutdown. Until now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have refused to negotiate.
Trump assured federal workers that the approximately 800,000 who have gone without two paychecks would be reimbursed as soon as possible.
Trump said he will not at this time declare a national emergency, which would allow him to bypass Congress and fund border security.
The president expressed gratitude to the federal workers who were impacted by the shutdown.
“When I’m saying ‘make America great again,’ it could never be done without you,” Trump said.
The president said he’s been told that Republicans and Democrats “are willing to partisanship aside, I think, and put the security of American people first.”
“I do believe they are going to do that,” he said.
He repeated his demand that the bill include funding for border barriers.
He pointed out that the nation does not need 2,000 miles of concrete walls.
“We never did. We never wanted that.”
But he said where there are barriers, security is much better.
Trump pointed out that he’s had “zero” Democratic lawmakers volunteer to have illegal alien criminals released in their states or districts.
“My highest priority is the defense of our great country,” he said.
He emphasized that without a “fair deal” from Congress before Feb. 15, government again will shut down.