Republican ally Graham urges Trump to open U.S. government temporarily

Supporters of President Donald Trump react to protesters during Trump's Texas visit
JOEL MARTINEZSupporters of President Donald Trump react to protesters during Trump's Texas visit

14 January, 2019

The shutdown enters its fourth week next week, with Trump's threat to declare a national emergency still on the table. "See if we can get a deal", Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has called on Trump to invoke emergency action, said on "Fox News Sunday".

He and his proxies had several sit-downs with Democratic congressional leaders, but "not much headway" has been made, as Trump tweeted after Vice President Mike Pence met with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 5.

A quarter of USA federal government workers have been impacted by the partial shutdown but employees deemed "essential" workers must continue to work without pay.

"I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug". The move appeared to increase the probability that Trump will declare a national emergency on the border and circumvent Congress to fund a wall.

Trump described an emergency declaration as the "easy way out" and said Congress had to step up to the responsibility of approving the $5.7 billion he says is needed.

"No, I would do it simultaneously, but I'd like to see them move fast", Trump replied. "I hope it works". Ultimately, both sides continue to look foolish, with President Trump more foolish than the Democrats, and it is going to get worse before it gets better. "The Democrats are forcing him into a choice of doing the national emergency because they won't sit down and discuss it".

Johnson also accused Democrats of minimizing what he called a "crisis" at a border. In December, a number of Democrats stated that US President Donald Trump Top may face impeachment or jail term if it is proved that he endorsed illegal hush-money payments to women, charges that come amid pressure on Trump over his alleged collusion with Russian Federation ahead of the 2016 US presidential elections.

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"What Lindsey Graham just told the president is a great place to start", Sen.

In a meeting last month with Pelosi and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut down the government over wall funding.

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. But he was persuaded that the seriousness of the moment warranted the Oval Office for his speech to the nation this week about the fight over the border wall. But Trump said he wants to give Congress a chance to negotiate a deal.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to clarify who is now in the White House with the president.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, part of the GOP leadership, said at a forum Friday in Austin that the lawmakers "worked very hard to make sure that the victims of Hurricane Harvey - their concerns are addressed and Texas is able to rebuild". Trump walked out of negotiations this week when Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats refused to give, saying they support dollars for border security just not the big wall Trump envisions. Democrats have said they would support $1.6 billion for more general border security, but not specifically for a wall.

With polls showing Trump getting most of the blame for the shutdown, the administration accelerated planning for a possible emergency declaration to try to get around Congress and fund the wall from existing sources of federal revenue. She said he's "endangering the health and safety of the American people and stealing paychecks from 800,000 innocent workers" over the shutdown.

CNN said their poll was conducted by via landline and cell phones with a random sample of 848 American adults.

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