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President Trump casts doubt on reaching immigration deal by February 8

23 January 2018

President Donald Trump on Monday claimed victory after Democrats agreed to a stopgap deal to reopen USA government offices and end a political crisis in Washington.

Republicans tried to make Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the face of the government shutdown.

The Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution this afternoon by a margin of 81-18, effectively ending the government shutdown.

The Senate passed the bill to extend the government funding through February 8 with a vote of 81-18, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer reached a deal over government spending and immigration.

Trump had a second meeting on immigration later in the day with Sens. "The strategy of shutting down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something the American public did not understand", McConnell said. Upon returning to the Capitol, they said that specifics weren't discussed but sounded optimistic that an immigration deal could be reached.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer earlier announced his party would vote with Republicans to end the shutdown, but in a sign of the poisoned politics of Washington he pilloried Trump in the process.

Graham - once a strident opponent of Trump's who has developed a cozy relationship with the president over the past few months - said over the weekend that he is skeptical of numerous president's advisers, especially White House senior policy aide Stephen Miller, who push Trump in a conservative direction on immigration as soon as he seems to want a compromise. The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines. It forced him to cancel a weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

"I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans in Congress have now come to their senses", Trump said in a statement read earlier Monday at the White House briefing.

Notably, numerous Democrats who voted against the agreement included a litany of potential 2020 presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren. In a bid to win over a few Democratic holdouts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also pledged to take up legislation on immigration and other top Democratic priorities if they weren't already addressed by the time that spending bill would expire.

There are an estimated 700,000 "Dreamers" whose fates are up in the air.

"It's official: Chuck Schumer is the worst negotiator in Washington - even worse than Trump", said Murshed Zaheed, political director for the liberal group CREDO.

"Let the Senate know we stand with them for the Dreamers ... say THANKS! to @SenSchumer and your own senator, and to urge them to stay strong", tweeted the Brooklyn, N.Y., chapter of Indivisible, a leader in the progressive, Resist Trump movement.

President Donald Trump signed a Congress-approved spending measure Monday night, signaling the end of a three-day federal government shutdown but leaving unresolved the issue at the heart of the impasse - shielding thousands of immigrant youth from deportation.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration expected federal offices and operations to "start back in full capacity" Tuesday morning. The last US government shutdown was in 2013.

President Trump casts doubt on reaching immigration deal by February 8