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Trump: Deal "Getting Closer"

Says he and Democrats working to end government shutdown

January 09, 2019 - 1:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he thinks he and the Democrats are "getting closer" to a deal to end the budget stalemate that has partially shut down the government despite no evidence that any progress has been made.

And he's suggesting the partial government shutdown could be "a blessing in disguise" because, he suggests, it could lead to a broader immigration deal.

Trump spoke Wednesday during an Oval Office bill signing on anti-human trafficking legislation. It's a day after he delivered a prime-time address trying to make the case for his long-stalled U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump says that he would like to see "real immigration reform in this country because we need it." He says "Everybody wants to see immigration reform," adding that perhaps the stalemate "will turn out to be a blessing in disguise."

Democrats have blamed Trump for the shutdown.