Washington : US President Donald Trump has hailed the end of the government shutdown as a ‘big win’ for Republicans and hit out at Democrats saying they ‘caved in’ following the 69-hour crisis.

The Democratic leadership on Monday agreed to back the imigration bill after accepting promises from Republicans for a debate later on the future of the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children, known as “Dreamers”.

Under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, these immigrants had been protected from deportation under a policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on shutdown,” Trump tweeted after the reopening of the federal government.

The spending bill that ended the shutdown passed the Senate by a majority of 81-18 and the House of Representatives by 266-150.

Democrats voiced scepticism about the promises made by Republicans and some liberal groups were infuriated by the agreement to reopen the government.

Possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidates in the Senate — Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris — all voted against Monday’s bill.

US imposes tariff on imported solar panels

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has slapped high tariffs on import of solar cells and washing machines to protect the American market badly hit by products from countries like China and South Korea.

The move is in line with President Trump’s “America First” trade policy.

The US Trade Representative made the recommendations to President based on consultations with the inter agency Trade Policy Committee in response to findings by the independent, bipartisan US International Trade Commission that increased imports of washers and solar cells and modules are a substantial cause of serious injury to domestic manufacturers.

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