Trump not giving in on border wall: Senator Graham

Geraldine Edwards
January 14, 2019

Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he doesn't have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in US history when it entered its 22nd day Saturday.

Their first monthly salary payment was missed on Friday as a result of the shutdown, triggered by President Donald Trump's plans to use federal government funds for a wall on the United States's southern border with Mexico.

Despite Trump's calls for Democrats to negotiate, Democratic leaders said it was the president who walked out of their last meeting, calling the negotiations a waste of time, according to news reports. Some Republicans are wary, too, fearing how a future Democratic president might use that authority.

Republican Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas told reporters after discussions with the White House: "I feel confident disaster relief dollars will not be tapped".

Concerning the allocation of blame, 53 per cent say Trump and the Republicans are mainly at fault, and 29 per cent blame the Democrats in Congress.

Opponents say such a unilateral presidential move would be constitutional overreach and set a risky precedent.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDoT) on Twitter warned residents not to travel in the storm if it isn't necessary. But it cited progress Saturday morning as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists".

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During a telephone interview with a Fox News Channel host later that night, Trump insisted that he hadn't "left the White House in months" and he called on Democrats to come to the table.

"More border security - let's have at it", Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump further argued for the efficiency of the wall that he wants to build on the southern U.S. border, stating that it would reduce the crime rate in the country and halt the influx of illegal narcotics. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who said he believes that Democrats have no intention of making a deal. It would take me 15 minutes to get a deal done, and everybody could go back to work. The 800,000 federal civil servants who went without normal pay last week have been furloughed or ordered to work without pay, although they will be paid retroactively when the stalemate over Trump's border wall plan is resolved.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has signaled moral opposition to the wall and vowed to oppose any funding, said the president is seeking to divert attention from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and other White House problems.

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.

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Only three other Republican Senators have said the shutdown should end: Susan Collins , Cory Gardner, and Thom Tillis. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said on Twitter that the boycotts were not the issue at hand right now.

Mr Trump, however, acknowledged that such a move would likely trigger a legal battle ending in the Supreme Court.

"I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".

Regardless of the resolution people prefer, most agreed they want the shutdown to end and for the government to continue moving forward. Senate Democrats, whose votes would be needed to advance such legislation, have not indicated whether they would back it because they want the government to reopen instead.

"We have a country that's under siege", he told the local officials in the White House.

The House bill, which passed 240-179 with only a handful of Republicans supporting it, would restore funding for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, two of the agencies that have been without funding since Dec 22 amid the standoff over the proposed wall along the US-Mexico border. Until now, Mr. Trump had suggested numerous times that he was getting closer to taking the decision.

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