MSNBC reporters and others are suggesting the President may announce support for a temporary reopening of the government, ending the GOP shutdown of the federal government that's lasted 35 days, causing 800,000 federal workers to go without pay for a month. Many of them have been forced to work regardless of not being paid.
Some are saying the temporary "ground stop" – halting, delaying, and re-routing – at three top airports after FAA traffic controllers calling out sick or too exhausted to function, may have been convinced the President the shutdown was not sustainable.
If Trump does support an end to the shutdown, the House and Senate would still have to pass the appropriate bills, and Trump would have to sign them.
UPDATE: 1:12 PM – MSNBC just added the event will be an opportunity for reporters to ask Trump what he will support as a way forward to end the shutdown. It's still unclear what that is.
CBS News Chief White House Correspondent:
Senior administration officials expect @realDonaldTrump to endorse short-term funding bill to reopen government in next hour. Final details being worked out in WH convos now. Unclear if 2 or 3 weeks. Border debate will continue. Stress on Govt systems was increasing.
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) January 25, 2019
CNN's Chief White House Correspondent:
Per WH pooler @Jordanfabian "preparations are being made in the Rose Garden for some kind of announcement. A riser has been set up, ropes put in place, and a TelePrompter placed facing the Oval."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 25, 2019
CBS News White House Correspondent:
Expecting @POTUS announcement on possible deal to end shutdown. Preparations seen being made in Rose Garden for statement.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 25, 2019
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