Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall

"I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug" on a legislative solution, Graham said.

The New York Times said it was not clear if the investigation to determine whether Mr Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow was still being pursued.

Democrats have refused to give the president funds for his wall, sparking a partial government shutdown which has reached the longest in us history. On Saturday, day 22, members of Congress were out of Washington, Donald Trump was unmoved in the White House, his border wall unbuilt, and around 800,000 federal workers were still without pay and facing mounting hardship. According to the Post, during the 2013 shutdown, polling showed the exact number of people blamed Republicans then as now-with 53 percent faulting congressional Republicans and 29 percent holding then-President Barack Obama responsible for the government being closed.

Trump also said he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes spending money on an "ineffective, wasteful wall". "That's why I'm depressed".

Congressional Democrats are engaged in a more than three-week battle with Senate Republicans and the White House over funding for a wall along the southern border. Democrats voted in the past for border security and should again, he said.

The partial USA government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds.

There's good news for Republicans, though, looking to obtain some sort of immigration reform compromise in ongoing budget negotiations: most wall supporters polled by the Washington Post want Republicans - and especially President Trump - to stand firm on making funding for the border wall part of the final budget package.

"Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don't want to include in talks", Trump said Sunday.

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Donald Trump says there is a crisis at the US-Mexico border wall

Coons blames the impasse on border wall funding that led to the shutdown on Trump.

Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers.

Trump insists building a wall along the border will bring down the nation's crime rate.

For now, there is still no end in sight to the current shutdown, which has impacted roughly a quarter of the federal government and hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

Terminal G security checkpoint of Miami International Airport, one of six, is deserted on Saturday, January 12, 2019 after it was forced to shut down due to a shortage of security agents. Second, inevitable legal challenges would send the matter to court, allowing Trump to continue the fight for the wall - and continue to excite his supporters - while not actually closing the government or immediately requiring him to start construction.

A slight majority of Americans (54 per cent) oppose the idea, down from 63 per cent a year ago. Neither Trump nor the Democrats are showing any signs of giving in to the other side.

A CNN poll found that 55 percent believe Trump is more responsible for the shutdown than Democrats in Congress.

Opponents say that a unilateral presidential move would be constitutional overreach and set a risky precedent in similar controversies.

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