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Trump, Democrats reach deal to temporarily end US government shutdown

Trump made no firm announcement regarding his demand for $5.7 bn to fund the border wall

AFP | PTI  |  Washington 

The cloud of the Russia investigation has hung over US President Donald Trump since before he took office, though he has denied any illicit connection to Moscow (Photo: Reuters)
US President Donald Trump. File photo: Reuters

President on Friday announced a deal with opposition Democrats to temporarily reopen the US federal government, shut down for a record five weeks by a bitter row over funding for a US-Mexico border wall. 

"We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government," Trump said.

"In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, until February 15."

While defending his wall project, Trump made no firm announcement regarding his demand for $5.7 billion to fund the border wall -- a key campaign promise to his right-wing base.  

First Published: Sat, January 26 2019. 01:10 IST