Current shutdown breaks record for longest government shutdown in United States history

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has been critical of President Donald Trump's response to disasters in Puerto Rico

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has been critical of President Donald Trump's response to disasters in Puerto Rico

The partial USA government shutdown entered a record 22nd day on Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds.

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. They complained about Obama as "king", "emperor" or "tyrant".

Obtaining funding for his southern border wall could be the least of US President Donald Trump's worries.

"Does the president have the right and the ability to do it? Yes".

As we can see, there are many Democrats who see the political folly of uncompromisingly opposing a secure border. "This is a big diversion, and he's a master of diversion", she told reporters.

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use".

FILE - President Donald Trump tours the US border with Mexico at the Rio Grande in McAllen, Texas, Jan. 10, 2019.

In a rebuttal to Trump's oval office speech, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer called the wall "expensive and unnecessary" and urged the president to reopen the government and continue to negotiate with lawmakers on a border security plan.

The standoff has led to a partial government shutdown that has now lasted 21 days, tying the record for the longest in US history. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, said some Republicans are already annoyed with Trump for reneging on his support for a spending bill that would have prevented the shutdown.

He's not tipping his hand about whether he'll move ahead with an emergency declaration that could break the impasse and free up money for his wall without congressional approval. "Mr. President, declare a national emergency now". We are instead left with a narrative of a powerless President, stuck alone in the White House, waiting on the actions of others before he can do his job.

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. The courts did not allow President Harry Truman to nationalize the USA steel industry during the Korean War.

But he says they also understand that "their mission remains, their duties continue and they're executing them". Declaring an emergency could give the president access to many other powers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

"What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency", he said at a White House event. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii who serves on the Judiciary Committee.

"No one knows what he will do, and the president has not decided yet, so it keeps everyone guessing", explained one Republican close to the White House.

Some US media reports suggested the White House was considering diverting some of the $US13.9 billion allocated past year by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall.

"He was elected by the American people as president to carry out border security and build a wall", Scalise said.

He said, "I will tell you that I will oppose any reprogramming of Harvey disaster funds". Items ranging from beds to old toys have been listed as "government shutdown specials".

In his tweets Saturday, Trump reacted sharply to a televised comment that he lacks a strategy for ending the shutdown.

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