Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South America, said Sunday that Trump told him earlier in the day that he's still considering using his emergency powers to secure funding for the wall. It would take me 15 minutes to get a deal done, and everybody could go back to work.

As pressure to end the shutdown continues to mount, some Democrats have begun urging Senate Republicans to take up House-passed legislation to reopen the government, regardless of whether the president agrees.

One close Trump ally, Republican Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, said Friday that he believed Trump was getting closer to declaring an emergency.

It hinges on Mr Trump's demand that government funding include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the United States border with Mexico, a key campaign promise.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. "But while we're having that debate, let's reopen the government".

There is no plan, ' " Trump, 72, tweeted on Saturday, without indicating where he saw the report. Building a wall, Trump said, "will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!"

Numerous government services have been curtailed, while some museums and parks have been closed during the shutdown.

About 800,000 federal workers missed their first paychecks on Friday in the closures that have shuttered about a quarter of US government operations.

Democrats and the president remain at loggerheads.

The paper reported law enforcement officials became concerned after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017 and said the agency had to consider whether the president's actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

Milstead steered clear of partisan finger-pointing, but he pushed back against critics who say the wall will not work.

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Trump added: 'I haven't actually left the White House in months, ' with the exception of a Christmas visit to troops in Iraq and Germany. "I think he's got to do it".

Democrats in Congress insist Republicans step in and force Trump's hand. Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, said on ABC's "This Week" that "one phone call" from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could get the ball rolling to reopen the government. But the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to consider the measures unless Trump agrees to sign them. "The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay". Two-thirds of Republicans surveyed would support a move by Trump to declare an emergency to build a border wall, though 66 percent of all respondents said they oppose it.

'We need a wall, very simple.

The Post-ABC poll said a slight majority (54 percent) opposes construction of the wall, with 42 percent favoring it. CNN's poll said the split against was 56-39. "Clearly the president's got authority under the law, but he's said he doesn't want it to come to that".

Since that meeting both sides have blamed each other.

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.

The shutdown became the longest on record at midnight Friday (0500 GMT Saturday), when it overtook a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 under president Bill Clinton.

Transportation Security Administration workers have gone without pay during the shutdown and some have responded by calling in sick. The proportion of TSA workers on unscheduled leave on Saturday was 5.6 percent, compared with 3.3 percent on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said in a tweet. Trump has said he'll sign it.

"I'm not surprised he is where he is right now, I just think it's really bad for the country".

Eight Republicans also broke rank to vote with the Democrats last week to restore funding to the Treasury Department and the IRS.

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