Will make 'major' announcement Saturday on government shutdown: Donald Trump

Reuters
Washington, DC, USA Updated: Jan 19, 2019, 06:42 AM(IST)

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Trump's statement came as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of putting American troops and civilians working in Afghanistan in danger.

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will make a "major" announcement on Saturday at 3 pm EST (2000 GMT) on "the humanitarian crisis on our southern border" and the partial government shutdown, now in its 28th day.

Trump issued the statement on Twitter.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to add details when she spoke briefly to reporters after Trump tweeted.

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Trump's statement came as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of putting American troops and civilians working in Afghanistan in danger by publicizing a planned congressional trip to the war-torn country.

The White House rejected Pelosi's charge of endangering troops and civilians.

The Republican Trump administration, which on Thursday had blocked Democrat Pelosi from making the trip to Afghanistan, on Friday slapped a blanket ban on all US congressional travel on government-owned or operated aircraft while the shutdown continues.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration was just trying to keep Pelosi in town so that negotiations could take place to try to end the partial shutdown, at four weeks already the longest in US history.

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