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President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement about the government shutdown




President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement about the government shutdown early Friday afternoon, according to multiple administration and Capitol Hill sources.


It wasn't immediately clear what the president would announce, but the move comes as lawmakers of both parties are looking to the White House for guidance as they search for a way out of the 35-day partial shutdown.


The Senate opened at noon on Friday, but McConnell planned to speak later in the day after the president’s announcement.


The wave of airport delays across the East Coast were seen by some as a sign that pressure was mounting on the White House to end the shutdown.


"The President has been briefed and we are monitoring the ongoing delays at some airports. We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier Friday.

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