Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. shutdown: Trump urged to temporarily reopen government

U.S. shutdown: Trump urged to temporarily reopen government

Amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, a majority say Donald Trump bears more responsibility for it than the Democrats in Congress, and the President's disapproval rating has climbed five points since last month, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump wants a deal first.

On Saturday, with Congress adjourned for the weekend, Trump said in the first of several tweets on the shutdown that "Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown". "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off, see if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers". Democrats hold a majority in the house and refuse to include funding for the wall, while Mr Trump refuses to sign off the budget without it. Such a step would allow Trump to bypass Congress and tap various pots of unspent federal money, including for military construction and disaster relief and from asset seized by law enforcement, to pay for the wall.

After the shutdown slipped into the record books, with the impasse now entering its 23rd day, Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets saying he did have a strategy to break the deadlock. The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back.

Donald Trump only recently backed away from talk of an emergency declaration. Some Republicans are wary, too, fearing how a future Democratic president might use that authority.

While Trump on Saturday three times cited a "humanitarian crisis" at the border, he also tied the debate to his 2016 campaign promise: "Part of that promise was a Wall at the Southern Border". Building a wall, Trump said, "will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!" "And so in order to survive, he is taking positions and doing things that you and I would think make no sense at all, and don't fit everything we know about him as a person, but it fits what he thinks he needs to do in order to survive".

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Amid the unending shutdown, the President has started increasingly talking about the possibility of declaring a national emergency in an effort to circumvent Congress to obtain the funding he wants for a border wall - a move that would be expected to face legal challenge and forceful pushback from Democratic lawmakers. But last week, Trump shot down a deal floated by Senate Republicans that would have included those protections, and he has repeatedly said that he plans to wait until the Supreme Court rules on the matter before seeking to negotiate with Democrats on it.

Pelosi also has shown no interest in accepting a wall - she has called it an "immorality" - in exchange for the suggested immigration fixes. There is no plan, ' " Trump, 72, tweeted on Saturday, without indicating where he saw the report. While more unaccompanied children and families have recently come to the border, the total number of illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico is historically low.

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".

"I actually want to see this wall get built", Johnson said.

But Graham said Sunday that time is running out.

Officials explored diverting money from a range of accounts, including 13.9 billion dollars given to the Army Corps of Engineers after last year's deadly hurricanes and floods, but that option appeared to lose steam following an outcry. Christopher Coons, D-Del., questioned on "Fox News Sunday" why McConnell has not taken a more active role.

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