President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday a new plan that will fund a wall along the U.S. southern border and end a partial government shutdown that has gone on for four weeks.
Trump will make the announcement from the White House, and according to The Associated Press, he is not expected to declare a national emergency to fund a border wall as he has said he might.
>> Trump sets 'major announcement' Saturday on border wall fight
While the administration would not confirm what the president will announce, according to The Associated Press, Trump will lay out a new deal that would both fund the wall and end the government shutdown.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
The New York Times is reporting that House Democrats have added more than $1 billion in border-related spending to funding bills that have been passed in recent weeks.
Democrats had proposed $563 million to hire 75 more immigration judges and $524 million to improve ports of entry in Calexico, California, and San Luis, Arizona, the AP reported.
Trump has asked for $5.7 billion in funding to build the border wall.
The showdown over funding the wall led to the partial government shutdown that sent 800,000 federal workers home without pay for the past month.
Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s announcement:
What time: The announcement will come at 4 p.m. ET, according to the White House
Where is he making the announcement: Trump will be speaking from the White House
What channel: Cable news channels will carry the announcement live. The four major networks are also expected to carry the announcement live.
What will he say: It's not believed Trump will declare a national emergency, but instead will propose a new deal to end the partial government shutdown and fund the wall, according to reporting from The Associated Press.
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