GOP senator says Trump declaration of national emergency wouldn't get wall built

Donald Trump overtakes Clinton for longest government shutdown

Donald Trump overtakes Clinton for longest government shutdown

"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we are nearly there, I would urge them to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug (to) see if we can get a deal", Graham said on "Fox News Sunday".

However, 42 percent now support building a U.S. -Mexico border wall, the highest percentage in the poll since Trump first proposed it when announcing his campaign for presidency in June 2015, the poll found.

Congressional Democrats are engaged in a more than three-week battle with Senate Republicans and the White House over funding for a wall along the southern border.

"President Obama declared [a national emergency] over Swine Flu, for Pete's sake".

"Put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table", Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on ABC's "This Week" show. "Whatever you want to call it, it's OK with me. Because this is something Congress should do".

Trump also said he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes spending money on an "ineffective, wasteful wall".

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

Trump spoke after lawmakers had adjourned for the weekend, precluding any possible action until next week.

The findings come as the partial government shutdown heads into day 23, becoming the longest government shutdown in USA history when it entered its 22nd day on January 12.

Other possibilities included tapping asset forfeiture funds, such as money seized from drug kingpins, according to a congressional Republican. The chamber wrapped up business for the week without taking up the House-passed bill.

The same poll, however, showed increased support for Trump on one issue: a wall at the U.S.

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the U.S. territory in the Caribbean, killing some 3,000 people, causing catastrophic material damage and crippling the island's power grid.

Trump threatened anew that the shutdown could continue indefinitely.

"He has done everything he can to harm California", Garamendi told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"You get people ... saying walls are immoral", Trump said, after ticking off a litany of crimes committed both by and against immigrants.

Meanwhile, the impact of the shutdown began to mount. I will be the one to shut it down. It is at least the third lawsuit filed by unions on behalf of unpaid workers.

The shutdown has affected the work of nine cabinet departments and various smaller agencies - affecting 800,000 workers who have not been paid since 22 December. Some have resorted to selling their possessions or posting appeals on online fundraising sites to help pay their bills. "As a candidate, this is what he talked about, and if there's any mandate he can claim from his election, it was better border security and keeping this nation safe".

"$1 for a wall when in the past Democrats have appropriated billions for the wall", Graham said, noting that Trump is "not going to give in" on the fight for border security yet.

Democrats in Congress insist Republicans step in and force Trump's hand. The president believes that Hispanic Democrats will see that the party hasn't secured DACA protections and they will switch to the GOP as a result. "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off. See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers", Graham said.

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