Trump ally urges president to reopen US government

Trump ally urges president to reopen US government

A Republican senator advising Donald Trump has said he is encouraging the president to reopen the government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a US-Mexico border wall.

Graham said Trump told him, he wants to first make a deal, then open up the government. Party leaders say they won't agree to fund any kind of wall or barrier between the USA and Mexico beyond what's already in place, and Trump insists he won't agree to reopen the government until the wall is funded. "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". Earlier, Trump backed away from threats to declare a national emergency and build the wall with money appropriated from military, water management and disaster management funds, among other sources.

The increase in support is sharpest among Republicans, whose backing for Trump's long-standing campaign promise jumped 16 points in the past year, from 71 percent to 87 percent.

CNN found that "t$3 he public generally is more apt to blame the President, with 55% saying he is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress, while 32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats". The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back.

He also acknowledged that a wall would likely be different than the "big, lovely wall" Trump touted on the campaign trail.

One Republican senator says he's offered President Donald Trump a possible solution, though it may just be wishful thinking.


A predictable partisan divide shapes the blame game, with 85 percent of Democrats citing Trump and Republicans as the cause and 68 percent of Republicans pointing the finger at congressional Democrats. But when you take a look at Republicans' view, the numbers aren't as extreme; only 68% of Republicans blame Democrats for the shutdown, by comparison. Such a move, should Trump ultimately go that route, would nearly certainly be challenged in the courts.

Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, said Mr. Graham's advice to the president was solid.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called on the president to reopen the government and negotiate separately on the border wall, but expressed little hope for a deal. Most also reject the President's assertion that there is an illegal-immigration crisis on the southern border.

Trump went on to reiterate his previous claim that the border wall is necessary to end a "Humanitarian Crisis." Trump said in a separate tweet.

"I would hate to see it". The White House scuttled efforts to reach a deal on Capitol Hill on Thursday, and Trump's budget team is drawing up contingency plans for a shutdown that extends through the end of February, according to an administration official. In exchange, he wanted $25 billion for the border wall and other security and shifting immigration to a more merit-based system.

The New York Times said it was not clear if the investigation to determine whether Mr Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow was still being pursued. "I don't trust them as far as I can throw them", he told Fox News Sunday. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union".

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