Ally presses Trump to reopen government

Lamar Ellis
January 14, 2019

The percentage of those who support the US-Mexico border wall has reached an all-time high, according to a new poll from ABC News and The Washington Post.

President Donald Trump might not be able to make a deal with dug-in Democrats, but he has a winning formula for 2020, regardless, against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., according to Newt Gingrich.

The US government shutdown became the longest on record at midnight last Friday, when it overtook a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 under then President Bill Clinton.

"I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug". "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off".

Later on Saturday, in a telephone interview with Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, the president said if the Democrats "don't come to their senses" he would declare a national emergency to free up money for his wall without congressional approval. 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.

Pressed on whether he was confident he could strike a deal with Ms Pelosi, he said he had "no idea". "Just give in. He's not going to give in", Graham said.

Democrats oppose an emergency declaration but may be powerless to block it. Independents fix the blame squarely on the president and his party rather than on the Democrats, by 53 per cent to 23 per cent. Women blame Trump and Republicans by a margin of 35 points, and men blame the president and the GOP by 13 points. I think the legislative route is the best way to go.

"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.

After meeting with Trump on Friday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said it was clear to him and the president that "Democrats don't want to make a deal and will never support border wall/barriers".

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The president also said the Democrats don't want to do a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects young immigrants brought illegally to the United States by their parents.

Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told CNN that he would "hate" to see Trump invoke emergency powers for a wall.

Photo taken on January 12, 2019 shows the White House and a stop sign in Washington D.C., the United States.

Senator Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, said on "Meet the Press" that Democrats have backed more funding for border security "over and over and over again".

The president didn't elaborate on the reporter or the news program he had in mind while tweeting, but Washington Post's Philip Rucker identified himself as Trump's target.

"How do you negotiate with the speaker of the house when she tells you even if you open up the government, we are not going to give you but $1 for the wall?" On Sunday, TSA said it had a 7.7 percent national rate in unscheduled absences, compared with 5.6 percent on Saturday and 3.2 percent a year ago. A person familiar with White House thinking said that in meetings this past week, the message was that the administration is in no rush and wants to consider various options.

Trump sees the declaration of an emergency as a last resort and still hopes to make a deal with Democrats to reopen the federal government, Graham said, adding that he spoke to Trump earlier in the day.

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