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Trump: Statements Friday and Record Books

trump: The House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, leaving the shutdown on track to become one for the record books once the clock struck midnight and the closure entered its 22nd day, according to CTV. And while Trump privately considered one dramatic escape route -- declaring a national emergency to build the wall without a new stream of cash from Congress -- members of his own party were fiercely debating that idea, and the president urged Congress to come up with another solution. A solution couldn't come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements Friday but no pay. What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency, Trump said. About 800,000 workers missed paychecks Friday, many receiving blank pay statements. He insisted that he had the authority to do that, adding that he's not going to do it so fast because he'd still prefer to work a deal with Congress. ( As reported in the news.