Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

President Trump retaliates to the Democrats' refusal by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute.— AFP  File ‘No chaos at White House, but me almost alone with a plan’ – Trump
Patty Aguilar | 14 January, 2019, 04:14

Opponents say a unilateral presidential move like declaring emergency would be constitutional overreach and set a unsafe precedent in similar controversies.

"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".

Pressed on whether he was confident he could strike a deal with Ms Pelosi, he said he had "no idea". "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".

Trump addresses the American Farm Bureau on Monday.

President Donald Trump said yesterday he would not declare a national emergency "right now" to end a standoff over border security that has idled large swaths of the US government, all but guaranteeing that he will preside over the longest shutdown in USA history.

Fifteen percent of Republicans blame their fellow Republicans for the government's standstill, and another 15% of Republicans blame both parties equally. His proposed border wall was a key election pledge. He again sought to blame Democrats, who he said were "everywhere but Washington as people await their pay".

The deputy chief of staff for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Drew Hammill, responded by tweeting: "Speaker Pelosi has been in DC all weekend working from the Capitol".

But Trump has said that while he is interested in pursuing a broader overhaul of the immigration system, he first wants to hear what the Supreme Court has to say about the group of immigrants known as "Dreamers". The poll finds that 42 per cent of Democrats who oppose the wall say congressional Democrats should refuse to budge even if it extends the shutdown; 37 per cent say they should compromise with Trump.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican border presents major challenges, ranging from the violent Mexican drug trade to the plight of asylum seekers and poor migrants seeking new lives in the world's richest country.

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"It's the last option, not the first option, but we're pretty close to that being the only option", he said.

"It's time for those centrists to speak up in their own Republican Senate caucus and tell Mitch McConnell, 'The party's over". We can end this easily - We need a Steel Barrier or Wall. "The Republican-controlled Senate and a handful of senators will make that decision". The California Democrat opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the USA southern border.

Trump has threatened repeatedly to declare a national emergency to break the stalemate and to order the start of construction of a wall, although on Friday, he retreated from his previously aggressive rhetoric by noting that he is not ready to take such a step now. He said that the ball was in the court of his political opponents, warning that "we will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work".

Johnson also accused Democrats of minimizing what he called a "crisis" at a border.

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

Photo taken on January 12, 2019 shows the White House and a stop sign in Washington D.C., the United States. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said in a separate appearance on "Fox News Sunday".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to clarify who is now in the White House with the president.

This story was originally reported in The Washington Post.

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