Breaking: Trump To Speak On Shutdown; Will He Invoke A National Emergency?

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1:00 pm: Drudge Report is saying that an end-of-shutdown agreement has been reached. But I don’t know how reliable that is.

Other reports vary:

REUTERS: Trump to make statement on government shutdown at 1:30 p.m. ET today – White House

1:15 pm – from the Washington Post:

BREAKING NEWS: Congressional leaders, Trump have reached a tentative deal to temporarily reopen the government without wall funds, according to Hill officials.

With President Trump’s approval, the pact would reopen the government for three weeks while leaving the issue of $5.7 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall to further talks.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Trump was expected to announce the deal in a White House ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden.

2:16 pm — There’s still no president.

2:17 pm — Ah. here he is.

My take: a nice pro-bipartisan speech at first, and then the last two thirds were apparently written by Stephen Miller with a lot of strange off-teleprompter comments. And it seemed like he was threatening to make it a national emergency next month if he doesn’t get his wall money.

FINAL UPDATE: The right is NOT NOT NOT happy!