Donald Trump to make bid to end government shutdown in White House address to Democrats

Donald Trump to make bid to end government shutdown in White House address to Democrats

President Donald Trump is expected to make a bid to end the government shutdown by offering Democrats protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children in exchange for money for a border wall with Mexico. 

The president is scheduled to make an announcement from the White House late on Saturday in the hope of ending the lapse in federal government funding which has left 800,000 workers furloughed or forced to work unpaid. 

Mr Trump has been at logger heads with the Democratic leadership over a funding package for weeks, making this the longest shutdown in US history.

The president is expected to make a new offer to Democrats in a rare address from the White House in which he offers to extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for $5.7 billion to build a wall with Mexico.

Vice President Mike Pence, Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney have been working “non-stop” on the proposal, according to a White House source.

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