President Donald Trump will speak from the White House Rose Garden today, where he is expected to announce a deal to end the government shutdown. The remarks are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET.
Scattered reports indicate that Trump is about to endorse a short-term spending bill that will re-open portions of the government and take pressure off of systems in critical condition due to the shutdown. The news comes hours after several airports around the country were forced to delay flights due to staffing shortages, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Multiple journalists are reporting that Trump will authorize a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until the middle of February. According to Fox News’ Sean Langille, the bill will not contain federal funding for a southern border wall, and Trump could promise a national emergency declaration if he still can’t secure funding to get the wall built by the end of the CR.
A well-placed source tells @MikeEmanuelFox they appear to be close on a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through February 15th with NO Border barrier funding. If no deal by then, the expectation is Trump will declare a national emergency to build wall
— Sean Langille (@SeanLangille) January 25, 2019
If Trump decides to take questions, it’s all but certain he’ll be asked about the indictment of Roger Stone. The FBI arrested the president’s former confidante Friday morning on multiple charges of obstruction, false statements and witness tampering. Stone continues to say he’s been falsely accused and will never turn against Trump, but his indictment is raising new questions about the connection between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks during the 2016 election.
Watch above, via Washington Post.
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