20 Jan 2019

Donald Trump offers "compromise" to end US government shutdown

From The Weekend, 10:26 am on 20 January 2019

In a live televised address, the US President set out new plans on his Mexican wall project to try to end a partial government shutdown lasting more than four weeks. One of Donald Trump's "compromises" was on giving more rights to so-called Dreamers - who entered the US illegally when young. He still wants $5.7 billion to fund the wall, which he is now describing as more of a see-through barrier. Democrats have refused to fund it and ahead of the speech had already rejected the expected concessions. The shutdown, the longest in history, has affected 800,000 federal workers. Josh Gerstein, the White House correspondent for Politico, provides analysis.