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United States shutdown: Trump urged to temporarily reopen government

14 January 2019

Lindsey Graham is urging President Trump to reopen the federal government for a three week period before declaring a national emergency at the southern border.

Trump continues to hold out the possibility that he'll declare a national emergency to build the wall without congressional approval.

"I don't want to speak for the president... but I'm confident what I just described with a few other things would be a deal acceptable to the White House and a lot of Democrats, and I'm just so frustrated we can't get in a room and hammer it out", Graham said.

But the South Carolina Republican tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump wants a deal first.

The U.S. government shutdown, which affected a quarter of federal agencies, stretched into the 22nd day on Saturday, eclipsing all the previous 20 such closures to become the longest in the country's modern history.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocked the president as she told reporters it was up to Trump to make the next move. "That's why I'm depressed".

US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities at the White House on Friday.

More Americans-54%-still say they oppose a border wall.

"Most of them are living from paycheck to paycheck and now they approach this day on Friday having moved from paycheck to no check", Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said in debate on the House floor.

President Donald Trump has said he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for his border wall as the partial United States government shutdown slipped into the record books.

Support for building a wall on the border, which is the principal sticking point in the stalemate between the president and Democrats, has increased over the past year.

Democrats in Congress rejected Trump's request that legislation to fund the government include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

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.

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

President Trump has visited the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas amid a stand off with Congress over getting funding for his border wall. Pirro pressed Trump on why he had yet to declare a national emergency.

Gingrich told host John Catsimatidis, while a compromise is being sought to end the historically long government shutdown, it has long odds as Sen. Milstead said a barrier of steel slats that border agents can see through and animals and waters can pass through - much like what exists at the border now - could work. Democrats have only offered to give in one dollar to fulfill the White House's request for $5.7 billion and the last sit-down negotiation between the two sides resulted in a presidential walkout.

Democrats in Congress insist Republicans step in and force Trump's hand.

Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he'd "hate to see" an emergency declaration by Trump.

"As an equal branch of government we have the authority to override the President's veto, if that's what he chooses to do", Manchin said. Trump said in a post.

United States shutdown: Trump urged to temporarily reopen government