Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

A Republican senator close to President Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump's border security demands.

Trump has refrained from going that route, which would involve bypassing Congress to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border with unidentified Pentagon funds.

Despite Trump's calls for Democrats to negotiate, Democratic leaders said it was the president who walked out of their last meeting, calling the negotiations a waste of time, according to news reports.

Democrats have refused to give the president funds for his wall, sparking a partial government shutdown which has reached the longest in US history.

About 800,000 federal workers missed their pay for the first time Friday - at least some receiving pay stubs for $0.00 - as unions sued the government for requiring their members to work without pay.

The Washington Post/ABC News survey found that far more Americans blame Trump and the Republicans for the shutdown than blame the Democrats - by 53 per cent to 29 per cent.

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said in a statement Sunday that given Trump's suggestion late last week that he does not immediately plan to issue an emergency declaration, "it's time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up the House passed appropriations bills that would finally reopen government". "That's why I'm depressed".

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on December 31 the president was open to the idea of giving out a three-year work permit and deportation protections to the DACA population in exchange for wall funding.


"We want Congress to do its job", the president said in a discussion on border security at the White House.

The paper reported law enforcement officials became concerned after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017 and said the agency had to consider whether the president's actions constituted a possible threat to national security. "I'm just so frustrated we can't get into a room and hammer it out". "We believe the government should be opened".

"There's a real risk for Democrats if they go out and they do something to help President Trump, that their own base is going to go after them", Gingrich concluded. While they will be paid once the shutdown ends, many say they will struggle to pay bills in the meantime.

"I think there's misconceptions about what the wall is", Milstead said in Washington Friday. Roughly one-fifth of independents agree with Trump's characterization, and about half say things are serious but are not a crisis.

In Miami, an entire airport terminal will be closed this weekend because of a shortage of security workers.

And Trump appeared to shoot down Graham's suggestion of a "wall plus" deal, saying Sunday on Twitter that even Democrats don't want to make "Dreamers" part of the shutdown talks.

Mr Trump has kept Washington on edge over whether he would resort to such a declaration, citing what he says is a "crisis" of drug smuggling and the trafficking of women and children at the border. "It's not keeping people out ... it's to bring people to the worldwide ports of entry so undocumented people become documented and it's to thwart the cartels and their ability to be uninterrupted, bringing narcotics that kill our people".

It hinges on Mr Trump's demand that government funding include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the USA border with Mexico, a key campaign promise. Senate Democrats, whose votes would be needed to advance such legislation, have not indicated whether they would back it because they want the government to reopen instead.

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