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The bill to end US government shut down for three weeks now signed by President Trump

The bill to end US government shut down for three weeks now signed by President Trump yesterday. This will put an end to government workers ordeal for the past three weeks.

Donald Trump signed a bill on Friday to reopen the government for three weeks, ending the longest shutdown in US history without any funding for his proposed border wall.

The 35-day shutdown has seen 800,000 government workers being sent home or working without pay since before Christmas.

Mr Trump agreed to the three-week re-opening of government departments and to leave the issue of wall funding to future negotiations.

The decision came as government workers faced increasing hardship, many missing mortgage and car payments, airports suffered chaos, and the head of the FBI lambasted the shutdown.

Speaking in the rose garden at the White House, Mr Trump said: “I’m proud to announce we have reached a deal to reopen the federal government.”

He praised the “extraordinary devotion” of workers who had kept turning up without pay. “You are fantastic people, incredible patriots,” he said. “All Americans, and I, thank you.”

Mr Trump’s decision was criticised by some supporters of the wall. Ann Coulter, the influential conservative commentator, called Mr Trump “the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States”.

The president responded to criticism later, insisting it was “in no way a concession”.

Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary, doubled down on the statement.

“In 21 days President Trump is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats. The only outstanding question is whether the Democrats want something or nothing,” she tweeted.

The shutdown began when Mr Trump asked Congress to authorise $5.7 billion for the wall.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat speaker of the House of Representatives, said her party would not agree to pay a dollar towards the structure.

Without Democrat support Republicans were unable to pass a spending bill funding the government.

Some government workers have been forced to work second jobs like Uber driving and substitute teaching. Many have been forced to get meals from food banks.

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