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Trump to make ‘major announcement’ about shutdown


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US President Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” Saturday about the long-running US government shutdown and the situation on the country’s southern border.

The partial shutdown which began when Trump refused to sign off on budget legislation that did not include funding for his planned border wall enters its fifth week on Saturday.

The shutdown the longest in US history has paralyzed Washington and resulted in 800,000 federal employees being furloughed or working without pay.

“I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse,” Trump tweeted without providing further details.

Trump has mulled declaring a state of emergency on the southern border in a bid to secure funding for the wall without congressional approval a move that would almost certainly lead to a challenge in the courts.

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The shutdown the longest in US history has paralyzed Washington and resulted in 800,000 federal employees being furloughed or working without pay.