USA shutdown: Trump urged to temporarily reopen government

USA shutdown: Trump urged to temporarily reopen government

The record-setting government shutdown over U.S. President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding boils down to an "ego" fight that needs to end.

"I don't want to speak for the president, I don't want to lock him in, but I am confident what I just described with a few other things would be a deal acceptable to the White House and a lot of Democrats", Graham said.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security", Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a televised press conference at the White House.

"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we're nearly there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal", said Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

While declaring a national emergency is not completely off the table, Trump backed away from his threat Friday, saying he'd rather work it out with Congress. People close to the President said fears about a sharp backlash from lawmakers played a significant factor in this, despite Sen.

Such a step would allow Mr Trump to bypass Congress and tap various pots of unspent federal money, including for military construction and disaster relief and from assets seized by law enforcement, to pay for the wall.

Many Republicans doubt that the invocation of a national emergency would help their cause - likely influencing Trump's decision Friday to say he was holding off in order to give Democrats more time to strike a deal. The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back.

"We're doing our best to make sure it doesn't impact our diplomacy", he said.

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But the South Carolina Republican tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump wants a deal first.

Overall, Democrats appear somewhat more conciliatory than Republicans.

Gingrich said even if pockets of the Democratic party are against open borders, its political goals are not going tobe met unless they take down President Trump and whatever his agenda is. Senator Tim Kaine called the wall, which could cost an estimated $23 billion, a "vanity project" that Trump promised Mexico - not United States taxpayers - would pay for.

That followed unscheduled absences among federal airport security screeners rising to 7.7 percent on Saturday - more than double the 3.2 percent rate of a year ago - as frozen pay cheques for staff at nine government agencies began to have a notable effect.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday that President Donald Trump should agree to reopen the government and continue trying to hammer out a deal with Democrats on funding his long-promised border wall - but that the president should declare a national emergency if no progress is made in three weeks. "We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work".

"This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote for money for the wall, the barrier", Trump said on Friday.

Coons blames the impasse on border wall funding that led to the shutdown on Trump.

Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told CNN that he would "hate" to see Trump invoke emergency powers for a wall. The president has said he would like a ruling before moving forward with any DACA policy proposals. 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.

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