He said Mr Trump should, as threatened, declare a national emergency to seek funding for his border wall with Mexico if the reopening failed to sway the Democrats. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written", Trump told Fox News's Jeanine Pirro after the New York Times reported that law enforcement officials in 2017 began investigating whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against American interests.
Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he doesn't have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in USA history when it entered its 22nd day Saturday.
The South Carolina Republican said Democrats thus far have not been willing to budge. "That's why I'm depressed". On Friday, though, he said he wasn't rushing to use that option - which would be challenged in court and, if not overturned, establish a precedent expanding the power of future presidents who could include Democrats.
Negotiations have been stalled again because the House adjourned and several Democrats headed to Puerto Rico for a vacation with lobbyists, much to the chagrin of President Trump who is waiting to work out a deal at the White House. "We believe the government should be opened".
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The dispute has disrupted everything from air travel to tax collection and suspended pay for 800,000 government workers.
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. That is identical to the end of the 16-day shutdown in 2013, when 29 percent blamed then-President Barack Obama and 53 percent put the responsibility on congressional Republicans. "The easiest solution to the shutdown, just give President Trump the money", he said.
What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 23.
"This is a national emergency, if you look what's happening", Trump said Thursday, during a visit to the border in McAllen, Texas. "It's not keeping people out ... it's to bring people to the worldwide ports of entry so undocumented people become documented and it's to thwart the cartels and their ability to be uninterrupted, bringing narcotics that kill our people".
The South Carolina senator told "Fox News Sunday" that President Donald Trump should re-open the government so negotiations can resume on a $5.7 billion wall for the USA border along Mexico.
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He tweeted after returning from his trip the "Humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border".
That followed unscheduled absences among federal airport security screeners rising to 7.7 percent on Saturday - more than double the 3.2 percent rate of a year ago - as frozen pay cheques for staff at nine government agencies began to have a notable effect.
Of those 42 percent who support the wall, 24 percent say Trump should continue to demand the level of funding he has asked for, and 16 percent say he should strike a deal with the Democrats.
President Donald Trump might not be able to make a deal with dug-in Democrats, but he has a winning formula for 2020, regardless, against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., according to Newt Gingrich.
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