Trump to speak on shutdown as Congress eyes stop-gap funding bill

WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump on Friday agreed to a stop-gap spending plan that would end a partial government shutdown now in its 35th day, according to a senior House Democratic aide.
The president, who previously had insisted on $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in any spending bill, will deliver remarks soon at the White House.
Trump and lawmakers reached a deal to advance a three-week temporary funding bill that would reopen shuttered agencies. The deal would leave Trump's request for wall funding for later talks, the aide said. The aide said the House could pass the measure as soon as later Friday if Republicans agree to hold a vote.
With the effects of the shutdown spreading on Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Twitter that Trump would address the shutdown in a Rose Garden appearance.
A Senate Republican aide said Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was expected to press for passage of a three-week funding bill on Friday.
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