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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn before boarding Marine One at the White House on October 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to a rally in Kentucky. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)

After President Donald Trump's insistence on southern border wall funding triggered the longest government shutdown in American history, the President caved with a continuing resolution to reopen the government until February 15.

The 35 day shutdown posed a serious threat to Donald Trump's approval rating among his base, compelling the Trump administration to achieve one of the President's foremost campaign promises of the 2016 election without forcing a shutdown.

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