Trump relents on border wall, ending shutdown with vow to use emergency powers without funding by Feb. 15

By Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau Chief

skynews-donald-trump-president_4557234WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump agreed Friday to end the five-week government shutdown, signing legislation Friday night to reopen government for three weeks in a deal that includes none of the border wall funding he had demanded.

The president announced the deal from the Rose Garden, where he threatened to invoke emergency powers to move ahead with wall construction if lawmakers don’t provide funds by Feb. 15. The Senate and House each approved the deal by voice vote Friday night, and the White House announced at 8:23 p.m. that he had signed it.

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