- The Washington Times - Friday, January 25, 2019

President Trump will make an announcement about the government shutdown at 1:30 p.m. as tensions mounted on the 35th day of the impasse.

White House aides were preparing the Rose Garden for an announcement, although sources wouldn’t say what the president plans to say.

Senate Republican whip John Thune said the shutdown could end Friday “at least temporarily.”

“Hopefully he’ll say something that will give us a path forward,” the South Dakota Republican told reporters.

The announcement comes a day after the Senate failed to approve Mr. Trump’s proposal that would have given temporary legal protection to some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 for a southern border wall. Lawmakers also failed to approve a Democratic measure that would reopen the government without border-wall funding.

On Friday morning, flight delays hit the East Coast and rippled across the country due to a shortage of air traffic controllers.

In a rare public statement, FBI Director Christopher Wray told unpaid employees in a video message that he’s “about as angry as I’ve been in a long, long time” about the shutdown. He called it “mind-boggling,” “shortsighted” and “unfair.”

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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