29 days. As of Saturday, January 19th, this is how long the 2018-2019 government shutdown has lasted, making it the longest government shutdown in history. The second longest shutdown prior to Trump’s presidency only last 21 days, reported Business Insider.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump made a major announcement with a proposal to finally end the government shutdown. Trump has made it clear that he’s making reasonable effort to end the shutdown, but Democrats will not budge on supporting increased border security.
In his shocking announcement, Trump offered extended temporary protection for DACA recipients and other immigrants in exchange for funding for the border wall.
“I am here to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on our Southern Border,” Trump stated. “If we are successful in this effort, we will then have the best chance in a very long time at real, bipartisan immigration reform.”
Even with Trump’s compromise, CBS News reported that it is unlikely Democrats will accept his offer unless he squashes the idea of the border wall. However, one of President Trump’s major campaign focus was solving the border crisis — and that’s what he intends to do. That being said, it is also unlikely that Trump will budge on the border wall.
Liberals have insisted that a wall is "immoral." Trump, and the majority of the Republican party, agree that the purpose of the wall is to protect the people on the inside, not necessarily banish the people on the outside. Regardless of the disagreement between the two political parties, Trump previously said that he did not declare a national emergency because he truly believes Democrats and Republicans can come together to solve the border crisis.
Watch the CBS video below for more information:
Following President Trump’s announcement, several politicians spoke out in support of Trump including Rep. Steve Scalise, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and Senator Mitt Romney.
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