Trump to temporarily reopen government after longest shutdown in US history – live

Move comes as president faces intense scrutiny after the arrest of key ally Roger Stone in Mueller’s Russia inquiry

8.45pm GMT

The Republican candidate in the nation’s last undecided congressional election says he’s in the hospital recovering from infections attacking his internal organs, the Associated Press reports:

Mark Harris said in a Facebook statement Friday that what he called “a relatively uncommon form of strep bacteria” infected his bloodstream and liver. The post’s authenticity was confirmed by campaign spokesman Jason Williams.

Harris said his health scare began more than a week ago with what his doctor initially thought was bronchitis. He says his health is improving with rest and fluids.

8.21pm GMT

Senator Lindsey Graham, who three weeks ago said it would be “the end of his presidency” if Donald Trump signed a government funding bill without wall money, now has a different take.

Hope Congress – in a bipartisan fashion – will work with the President and take advantage of this moment.

Last best chance to take a major step toward fixing broken borders and a broken immigration system.

Thank you Mr. President.

Let’s make this a win-win for America!

“He’s not going to sign a bill that doesn’t have money for the wall… if he gives in now, that’s the end of 2019 in terms of him being an effective president. That’s probably the end of his presidency.”

– Lindsey Graham, January 2

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Source: theguardian