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. "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off".
After meeting with Trump on Friday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said it was clear to him and the president that "Democrats don't want to make a deal and will never support border wall/barriers". "The Democrats are forcing him into a choice of doing the national emergency because they won't sit down and discuss it".
But Democrats say they are suspicious of any such deal because Trump agreed to such a trade a year ago, and then walked away from it.
In place of an olive branch to the Democrats, Trump has offered insults and accusations, and on Wednesday stormed out of a meeting with congressional leaders that he called at the White House.
More Americans-54%-still say they oppose a border wall.
The president began his Saturday tweeting with a slam at and the claim that he "just learned" from the newspaper that the FBI began an investigation after the firing of F.B.I. director James Comey into whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation.
"I think there's misconceptions about what the wall is", Milstead said in Washington Friday.
Some 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the ongoing partial shutdown, missing their paycheck on Friday. Functions not happening include some routine food inspections, timely release of market-moving agriculture data, and USA reviews needed for initial public offerings of stocks. Schumer just can not give in against President Trump's demands for border wall funding.
The president said the "easy solution is for me to call a national emergency. but I'm not going to do it so fast", adding, "This is something that Congress can do".
"If the president was a private citizen, if he was back at the Trump Corporation, he'd be looking at what's going on in Washington and scratching his head".
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday publicly rejected a push by Senate Republican moderates to entice Democrats with a deal that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation in addition to funding a border wall.
On Sunday, he said he wants the Democrats to come back to the negotiating table. "I'm just so frustrated we can't get into a room and hammer it out".
A predictable partisan divide shapes the blame game, with 85 per cent of Democrats citing Trump and Republicans as the cause and 68 per cent of Republicans pointing the finger at congressional Democrats. Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, said on ABC's "This Week" that "one phone call" from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could get the ball rolling to reopen the government. "The Republican-controlled Senate and a handful of senators will make that decision". The move appeared to increase the probability that Trump will declare a national emergency on the border and circumvent Congress to fund a wall.
Meantime, a separate poll by CNN showed Trump's disapproval rating among Americans had climbed by five points - to 57% - in just a month, with just 37% approving. "We believe the government should be opened". Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to resume paychecks for some 420,000 federal employees who are now working without pay. Trump said Sunday on Twitter.
The standoff has turned into a test of political ego, particularly for Trump, who came into office boasting of his deal-making powers and making an aggressive border policy the keystone of his nationalist agenda.
"It'll be appealed to the Ninth Circuit and we'll probably lose there", Trump said.
As the shutdown drags into a fourth week, each side has blamed the other.
President Donald Trump denied "chaos" in the White House amid the ongoing government shutdown, claiming on Saturday that there's "almost nobody in the W.H. but me".
What's new today The shutdown officially is the longest in USA history, eclipsing a 21-day closure that ended January 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton's administration. About 420,000 of those federal employees are deemed essential and are required to continue working even though they are not getting paid.
One major airport, Miami International, said it would close an entire terminal this weekend because so many security staff are off sick.
In his tweets Saturday, Trump reacted sharply to a televised comment that he lacks a strategy for ending the shutdown. Trump has said he'll sign it.
To Peters, "that's not border security".
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