Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump ally urges president to reopen United States government

Trump ally urges president to reopen United States government

"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".

If no progress is made, he said, then Trump should declare a national emergency as a way to get money to build his wall, a plan not popular with some fellow Republicans.

Graham said he spoke with the president on Sunday morning, Fox News Sunday reported.

The US government entered its longest shutdown in the nation's history on December 21 after Democrats blocked a bill on the 2019 budget.

Around a quarter of the federal government remains out of operation, with 800,000 employees unpaid for more than three weeks.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump wants a deal first. "That's why I'm depressed".

Despite Trump's calls for Democrats to negotiate, Democratic leaders said it was the president who walked out of their last meeting, calling the negotiations a waste of time, according to news reports.

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Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets last Saturday in an effort to defend his stance and goad Democrats to return to Washington and end what he called "the massive humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border".

"The damage done to our Country from a badly broken Border - Drugs, Crime and so much that is bad - is far greater than a Shutdown, which the Dems can easily fix as soon as they come back in Washington!". Most came through our Southern Border.

A Republican senator close to President Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump's border security demands.

Trump reminded that building a wall on the Mexican border was one of his main campaign promises.

It hinges on Mr Trump's demand that government funding include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the USA border with Mexico, a key campaign promise.

"Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don't want to include in talks", Trump said Sunday.

Screeners are among the lowest-paid federal employees.

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On Sunday evening, Houston Bush airport stopped security screening at one of its terminals, due to a shortage of staff, and directed passengers to other terminals for security checks. Republicans in Congress continue to show support for Trump's positions.

The Democrats, newly in control of the House of Representatives, have refused to cite fundamental opposition to Trump's anti-immigrant policies and the proposed wall in particular.

More Americans remain opposed to the idea of a border wall than support it, the poll found, although the margin has narrowed over the past year. But nine out of ten Democrats oppose it. Trump's disapproval rating, CNN noted, has also increased by five points over the course of the past few months.

The U.S. government shutdown is now 23 days old and shows no sign of a resolution. "If you think of some of the things they say and do, it's just kind of awesome".

Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believed Mr Trump and Republicans would lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, travellers, tourists and others "experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand".

"I want to give them the chance to see if they can act responsibly", he told Fox in an interview late last Saturday.

Nonetheless, Trump insisted he had the right to declare an emergency if he chose to, and continued to insist there was a crisis at the border.

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