Trump to make ‘major announcement’ about shutdown

President Trump said he will make a “major announcement” about border security and the ongoing government shutdown Saturday at 3 p.m.

Details of the announcement were not known in advance. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would only say that Trump was “going to continue fighting for border security” and “going to continue looking for the solution” to end what the administration had repeatedly referred to as a “humanitarian and national security crisis at the border.”

The move, amid a shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, marks the first major overture by the president since Jan. 8, when he delivered an Oval Office address making the public case for his border wall. Democrats have said they will not negotiate until the government reopens, raising questions about how Trump might move the ball forward.

Democrats were proposing $563 million to hire 75 more immigration judges, who currently face large backlogs processing cases, and $524 million to improve ports of entry in Calexico, California, and San Luis, Arizona, the Associated Press reported, citing a Democratic House aide. The money is to be added to spending bills, largely negotiated between the House and Senate, that the House plans to vote on next week.

The president plans to speak from the White House following a Saturday morning visit to Dover Air Force Base, where he will meet with families of “four very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country,” he tweeted early Saturday.

Four Americans were killed in a suicide bombing claimed by ISIS Wednesday in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. The bombing, which also wounded three U.S. troops, was the deadliest assault on U.S. forces in Syria since they went into the country in 2015.

With Post Wires