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United States: temporary compromise on the budget, Trump shouts victory

Ⓒ AFP – Brendan Smialowski – | Members of the House of Representatives in Washington leave after an agreement in Congress to end the “shutdown” on January 22, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of US federal employees were preparing Tuesday to resume work after a temporary budget compromise in Congress, hailed as a great victory by President Donald Trump, to end three days of ” shutdown “.

After intense negotiations, the Democratic leaders of the Senate have accepted a text ensuring the financing of the State until February 8, with the stated objective of finding an agreement on the fate of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants arrived young people in the United States, known as “Dreamers”. The compromise drafted in Congress was promulgated on Monday night by Donald Trump.

“I’m glad the Democrats have decided to be reasonable,” said Donald Trump in a brief statement read by his spokesman Sarah Sanders.

Mr. Trump then went on Twitter: “great victory for Republicans, the Democrats give on the shutdown”, which threatened to slow the country.

“Go to the negotiating table!”, He added to the Democrats, referring to the discussions that will take place to find a final agreement.

“I know it’s a great relief for this episode to end,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, “but this is not the time to send flowers to us.”

As a direct result of this end of crisis: the occupant of the White House will participate well at the end of the week at the Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. One year almost to the day after he came to power, he will have the opportunity to give on Friday his vision of “America first” in front of an audience of heads of state, business leaders and stars. diverse horizons.

The pill has a bitter taste for the left wing of the Democratic Party who wanted to continue the standoff: the vote on this temporary budget has finally passed without strong counterparts on immigration from the Republicans.

The first “shutdown” of the Donald Trump era, started Friday at midnight, will have lasted three days, affecting only a normal day of work, that of Monday. The last shutdown, in 2013 under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama, lasted sixteen days, affecting 800,000 employees of the administration laid off.

“The Democrats realized that their position was indefensible,” said Sarah Sanders with a smile at her daily press briefing.

– Trump ‘spectator’ –

Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer justified his decision to accept this compromise by the need to move forward constructively on immigration. He quipped at length about the confusion, according to him, in the White House where the American president remained very discreet all weekend.

Ⓒ AFP – Brendan Smialowski – | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after drafting a compromise in Congress to end the “shutdown” on January 22, 2018

“Republicans have never been able to get a clear idea of ​​what their president wanted,” he said. “The president who boasts of being a great negotiator has been a spectator,” he added.

But the game promises to be complicated for the Democrats who wish to quickly lead to the regularization of “Dreamers”, whose temporary status granted under Barack Obama was removed in September.

The new deadline of February 8 will give them another opportunity to put forward their point of view.

“Democrats have the potential to trigger a new + shutdown + if no progress is made on immigration in the coming weeks,” said Molly Reynolds, a researcher at the Brookings Institution.

But they are still weakened from these three days of acrimonious budget dealings.

As soon as the “shutdown” came into force, the White House said that there would be no question of negotiating immigration until a temporary budget had been voted. It has, in fact, been successful on this point.

Ⓒ AFP – Gillian HANDYSIDE – | United States: the “shutdown”

In the midst of the confusion of the last days, the Statue of Liberty has managed to make a distinct voice heard. Closed to tourists Saturday morning, she reopened Monday.

New York State decided to pay out of pocket federal employees needed to reopen this emblematic monument of an America open to migrants.

The statue is important for the economy but “it is more than that,” said Sunday Andrew Cuomo, Democratic governor of New York. “It’s a symbol of New York and our values ​​… its message has never been more important than it is today.”

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