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Trump: Democrats 'have come to their senses' on shutdown vote

Trump: Democrats 'have come to their senses' on shutdown vote
Posted at 10:46 AM, Jan 22, 2018

President Donald Trump plans to publicly tout the end of the government shutdown stalemate on Monday, a White House official told CNN, despite being publicly absent from the debate over the weekend.

The precise time or venue for his remarks isn't yet known.

In the meantime, presidential press secretary Sarah Sanders gave a statement on Trump's behalf saying that Democrats "have come to their senses," after Sen. Chuck Schumer announced that his caucus would support a continuing resolution to reopen the government for three weeks. 

Reading a statement from Trump, Sanders said that the President was "pleased" that Senate Democrats came to an agreement with Republicans, and that he would work with senators on an immigration package. 

"We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, if it is a good deal," Sanders said on Trump's behalf.

Trump spent the morning in the residence of the White House, following coverage of the shutdown and speaking with Republican leaders on the phone, a senior administration official said. One aide described him as "restless" -- after spending a rare weekend entirely at the White House.

Over the weekend, Trump spoke with Republicans and a laundry list of informal advisers. He told some of his aides that he'd like to be more involved in the negotiations, but he was told it was more prudent for lawmakers to strike a deal among themselves