By BRIAN A. HOWEY

NASHVILLE, Ind. - It was the cry of "uncle" heard 'round the world.

President Trump appeared in the Rose Garden mid-Friday afternoon, telling a national cable audience, "I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government."

Trump said he would sign a short-term funding bill until Feb. 15. "I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay as soon as possible." It ended the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and what it gained Trump was not obvious in the Rose Garden, which ended with a smattering of applause.

The Senate passed the plan by voice vote, with U.S. Sen. Todd Young saying, "The President’s announcement today is an encouraging step forward. I will continue working with the President and my colleagues in the Senate to advance policies that keep our government funded, secure our border, and protect our national security.” The House is expected to approve the plan sometime today.

But there was no money for the southern border wall, a campaign feature Trump repeatedly said "Mexico" would pay for before he decided that it should be footed by American taxpayers. If there was any wall evident, it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who withstood Trump's bombast for nearly 35 days while federal workers went unpaid. 

Trump spent much of the speech making the case for a physical wall, saying, “No border security plan can never work without a physical barrier. It just doesn’t happen.” He added the wall was not "medieval" saying it would be a perch for cameras and other high tech features. "So, let me be very clear: We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier. If we don't get a fair deal from Congress, the government either shutdown on Feb. 15 again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency."

Trump seemed to bow from pressure on two fronts: Senate Republicans who complained bitterly to Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday at a Capitol Hill luncheon, and cracks in the national air traffic grid, as air traffic began piling up Friday morning at LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia and other Eastern Seaboard airports as air controllers began calling in sick. Airlines and union across the aviation spectrum began warning Wednesday that the "risk averse" federal aviation system was reaching a "tipping point," according to Jet Blue CEO Robin Hayes.

Trump turned down a bipartisan deal in early December which would have funded more than a $1 billion in border security, yearning for a shutdown that he vowed to "own the mantle." After much of the government closed on Dec. 22, Trump appeared to undercut efforts by Vice President Mike Pence, who attempted to negotiate with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The pressure ratcheted up this week when Trump vowed to give his State of the Union address in the House chambers, with Pelosi pushing back, saying he wouldn't be invited until the government reopened. It is unclear whether he will give the address next Tuesday.

Trump began hemorrhaging support in a spray of recent polls, with 60% in an AP/NORC poll blaming Trump for the shutdown that sent 800,000 anxious federal employees (including 20,000 Hoosiers) into charity food banks. A Fox News Poll revealed 61% were dissatisfied with the direction of the country. 

Trump praised federal employees, calling them "incredible patriots," saying, "In many cases you encouraged me to keep going."

Indiana's Republican dominated congressional delegation largely stayed with Trump and Pence, and were mostly mute during five weeks of turmoil, though rookie U.S. Sen. Mike Braun acknowledged earlier this week that Border Patrol agents were telling him they needed more than a physical wall.

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