(CNSNews.com) – “We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” President Donald Trump announced at a Rose Garden press conference on Friday.
“As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative, but I didn’t want to use it at this time. Hopefully, it will be unnecessary," he said.
The deal will reopen the government for three weeks until February 15th and would provide federal workers immediate back pay.
While the government is open, a bipartisan conference committee of House and Senate leaders will review requests from Homeland Security experts and law enforcement professionals, the president said.
“Based on operational guidance from the experts in the field, they will put together a Homeland Security package for me to shortly sign into law. Over the next 21 days, I expect Democrats and Republicans to operate in good faith,” he said, adding that it’s an “opportunity for all parties to work together for the benefit” of the whole nation.
“If we make a fair deal, the American people will be proud of their government for proving that we can put country before party. We can show all Americans and people all around the world that both political parties are united when it comes to protecting country and protecting our people,” Trump said. “Many disagree, but I really feel that working with Democrats and Republicans, we can make a truly great and secure deal happen for everyone.”
“Walls should not be controversial. Our country has built 654 miles of barrier over the last 15 years, and every career Border Patrol agent I have spoken with has told me that walls,” he said.
The president stressed that “walls work” and that Democrats have voted for walls in the past.
Ultimately, the president left open the possibility of another government shutdown if a “fair deal” is not reached by Feb. 15 and the possibility of using his emergency powers to get the wall built.