"I'm very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government," Trump said in the Rose Garden. Trump also disussed the option of using a "very powerful alternative," meaning a declaration of a national emergency to build the wall with executive authority in contravention of Congress, but said "I did not want to use it at this time."
"In a short while, I will sign a bill to reopen our federal government for three weeks until Feb.15," Trump said, confirming details first reported by the Drudge Report and subsequently confirmed by other media outlets. He said that he will ensure federal employees will receive back pay "very quickly."
Trump also said this deal will trigger a bipartisan conference committee on Capitol Hill to begin reviewing a request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a border wall.
"Walls should not be controversial," Trump said, adding that Border Patrol agents have told him that "walls work" citing previous Democrat support for barriers on the border and foreign countries like Israel that have built walls to protect their borders.