Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall

President Donald Trump said yesterday he would not declare a national emergency "right now" to end a standoff over border security that has idled large swaths of the USA government, all but guaranteeing that he will preside over the longest shutdown in US history.

The New York Times said it was not clear if the investigation to determine whether Mr Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow was still being pursued.

"These guys have got to be really angry at each other", Gingrich said.

The partial shutdown of the United States government has become the longest on record, with still no end in sight to the political standoff.

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"Democrats could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes!" he said in one tweet, adding in another, "We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work". "But while we're having that debate, let's reopen the government".

Then once the shutdown actually began, Trump predictably shifted the blame to Democrats, tweeting on December 30, "Great work by my Administration over the holidays to save Coast Guard pay during this #SchumerShutdown".

Miami International Airport said it will close one of its terminals early over the next several days due to a possible shortage of security screeners, who have been calling in sick at twice the normal rate.

Gingrich told host John Catsimatidis, while a compromise is being sought to end the historically long government shutdown, it has long odds as Sen.

Roughly 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks that would have gone out on Friday.


Democrats and the president remain at loggerheads. "I will declare a national emergency", Trump said. On Friday, though, he said he wasn't rushing to use that option - which would be challenged in court and, if not overturned, establish a precedent expanding the power of future presidents who could include Democrats.

Graham said that in his conversation with Trump, the president indicated he would support "wall plus", meaning other immigration policies that so far congressional leaders in both parties haven't embraced and are seen as likely to further complicate the talks.

On Sunday, he said he wants the Democrats to come back to the negotiating table. "I could do that very quickly", Trump said during a White House event on border security. "I'm just so frustrated we can't get into a room and hammer it out".

Democrats in Congress insist Republicans step in and force Trump's hand. "The Republican-controlled Senate and a handful of senators will make that decision". "The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay".

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. On Sunday, Trump acknowledged, at least indirectly, the mounting costs of the shutdown. Johnson appeared on CNN's "State of the Union".

Biggs said that Republicans must "stand firm" behind Trump if he declares a national emergency.

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".

"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.

Graham says he thinks Trump is willing to accept the level of wall funding he is seeking, along with some immigration measures Democrats might accept, such as helping immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S.as minors.

As Friday ticked into Saturday, the shutdown passed the 21-day mark set when Bill Clinton faced a hostile Republican Congress in 1995 and 1996.

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