Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

Geneva Stokes
January 14, 2019

The US government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding became the longest in the modern era as it stretched into its 22nd day Saturday with no end in sight. But he said House Democrats would aggressively probe the Trump White House.

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

But he argued that reopening the government and attempting to find a legislative solution, then declaring a national emergency if those talks don't bear fruit, is the best way forward.

The 21-day shutdown in 1995-'96, when Bill Clinton was president, was the previous longest.

Mr Trump has raised the stakes by threatening to declare a national emergency and circumvent Congress and get the money he needs. But I'm not going to do it so fast. Trump said in a separate tweet.

"If they can't do it".

"President Obama declared [a national emergency] over Swine Flu, for Pete's sake".

Until Friday, Trump had suggested numerous times that he was getting closer to taking the controversial decision.

Mr Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he had urged the president on Sunday to temporarily reopen government to get negotiations started again.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told the West Block's Mercedes Stephenson that the three-week shutdown is a grudge match symbolizing the bigger ideological fight between Republicans and Democrats, but warned the country will face serious economic harm if it doesn't end soon.

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Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believes Trump and Republicans will lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, airport travelers, tourists and others "experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand".

"I think [Schumer] is dealing with the objective reality that his party will not tolerate working with Trump", Gingrich told Catsimatidis.

To understand the plan, "you would have to understand the fact that I won the election and I promised. a wall at the Southern Border". "What we're talking about now is just the president's insistence on a wall".

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican border presents major challenges, ranging from the violent Mexican drug trade to the plight of asylum seekers and poor migrants seeking new lives in the world's richest country. Only in recent days has he begun describing the problem as "humanitarian".

"Thousands of illegal aliens who have committed sexual crimes against children are right now in Texas prisons".

But the lawmakers reportedly bought their own tickets to the show.

Mr Trump threatened anew that the shutdown could continue indefinitely as the Democrats, who now control the House, refuse to give him money for the wall.

However, 42 percent now support building a U.S. -Mexico border wall, the highest percentage in the poll since Trump first proposed it when announcing his campaign for presidency in June 2015, the poll found.

As a result, the House bills faced a White House veto threat and stand no chance of being taken up in the Senate since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said he will not hold votes on legislation related to the shutdown that the President will not sign. They will also meet Puerto Rican officials on the recovery from Hurricane Maria - the powerful storm that devastated the island in 2017.

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