President Donald Trump said Monday he was pleased Democrats had “come to their senses” in voting to end a government shutdown, as he pledged to make an immigration deal if it’s good for the country.
TRUMP’S TERMS ON IMMIGRATION
With a shutdown looking likely to end by the close of the day after a Senate procedural vote, Trump said he would work on an immigration deal with Democrats.
“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses,” Trump said in a statement read by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if and only if it’s good for our country,” Trump said without elaboration.
Sanders said Trump is hoping to sign a bill extending government funding through Feb. 8 later Monday. The government shut down early Saturday, and a final Senate vote as well as a House vote were expected Monday afternoon.
SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK PROCLAIMED
For the second year in a row, Trump issued a proclamation recognizing National School Choice Week. In it, Trump said he urged state and federal lawmakers to “embrace school choice and enact policies that empower families and strengthen communities.”
During the week, schools, homeschool groups and other organizations hold events to raise awareness of educational options.