President Trump announces deal to reopen government for 3 weeks, ending longest gov’t shutdown in US history

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump strikes short-term deal to reopen government for 3 weeks, ending longest gov’t shutdown in US history.

The President says he’ll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks — until Feb. 15.

Trump’s action would end what has become a record, 35-day partial shutdown.

Some 800,000 federal workers have had to work without pay or have been kept from doing their jobs as Trump and congressional Democrats were locked in a stalemate over the billions of dollars that Trump has demanded to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump spoke at the White House on Friday as intensifying delays at some of the nation’s busiest airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to break the impasse.

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