Trump doubles down on border wall argument

Trump doubles down on border wall argument

"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we're nearly there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal", said Mr Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

President Donald Trump is paying a serious political price for shutting down the government in order to get funding for a border wall. "Walls Work!" Trump wrote, attributing the sentiment to John Jones of the Texas Department of Public Safety and tagging Fox News.

Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he doesn't have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in US history when it entered its 22nd day Saturday.

Roughly 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks that would have gone out on Friday.

Concerning the allocation of blame, 53 per cent say Trump and the Republicans are mainly at fault, and 29 per cent blame the Democrats in Congress.

The debate over the border wall has dragged on over the weeks with Trump describing it as "a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul" in his January 8 national address, while House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Sen. "That's why I'm depressed".

Pirro also questioned Mr Trump about a New York Times report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an inquiry into whether the president was secretly working for Russian Federation.

"If the president ends this shutdown crisis, we have folks who can negotiate", Mr. Coons said.

"The damage done to our Country from a badly broken Border - Drugs, Crime and so much that is bad - is far greater than a Shutdown, which the Dems can easily fix as soon as they come back to Washington!" he said.

His main reason for this optimism centers on a deal that Democrats could strike with Republicans that would protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients in return for wall funding.

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Graham had earlier told reporters he would support Trump declaring an emergency in order to get the desired funds for dealing with what Trump claims is an immigration crisis on the southern United States border, voicing frustration that Democrats in the past had voted in favor of funding some barriers on the border yet have so far resisted Trump's demand.

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He denied this allegation and insisted that the White House couldn't be in chaos due to the fact that "there's nearly nobody in the W.H. but me, and I do have a plan on the Shutdown".

Miami International Airport said it will close one of its terminals early over the next several days due to a possible shortage of security screeners, who have been calling in sick at twice the normal rate.

Democrats in Congress insist Republicans step in and force Trump's hand.

He urged Trump to "put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table".

Although a majority still oppose the border wall at 54 percent, that opposition has been shrinking.

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he would "hate to see" a declaration because then the wall wouldn't get built, presumably because of legal challenges. But nine out of ten Democrats oppose it. Trump's disapproval rating, CNN noted, has also increased by five points over the course of the past few months.

But Graham, who favors a presidential declaration, said the time for talk is running out.

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