'Elections have consequences,' Trump tweets as shutdown continues

'Elections have consequences,' Trump tweets as shutdown continues

The president has toyed with the idea of declaring a national emergency in order to use money toward the border wall he's been demanding to curve the flow of illegal immigration into the U.S.

"I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug" on a legislative solution, Graham said.

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham told Fox News Sunday he would still support a presidential emergency declaration after giving talks another chance. "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".

But Trump has turned his single-minded push for more walls into a political crusade that opponents say is a stunt to stoke xenophobia in his right-wing voter base while willfully ignoring the border's complex realities. "But while we're having that debate, let's reopen the government".

"I'm in the White House, waiting", Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday.

Last Friday, the partial shutdown was the first time Federal employees did not receive a paycheck, as reported. Functions not happening include some routine food inspections, timely release of market-moving agriculture data, and USA reviews needed for initial public offerings of stocks. Independents fix the blame squarely on the president and his party rather than on the Democrats, by 53 percent to 23 percent. Democrats have rejected his request and say they will not negotiate further until the government is reopened. He said the failure by Democrats may leave President Trump no other choice but to declare a national emergency.

Forty-eight percent of independents blame Trump, compared to 34 percent who blame congressional Democrats and 14 percent who blame both sides. We want this to end, there's no excuse for the shutdown, ' " Durbin said. "They never got it done - I will".

Democrats in Congress insist Republicans step in and force Trump's hand.

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has floated a plan for Trump to tap monies seized from drug cartels to pay for the construction of a border wall.

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Trump continued to blame Democrats for the impasse. 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. Almost everyone at Nasa is being told to stay home, as are most at the internal revenue service, which processes tax returns and issues refunds, though the administration says it will issue refunds during the shutdown. We're not going to stand here and be blamed for this.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has dismissed including DACA in a deal to reopen the government. "Think? Did I say think?" she said. With no negotiations expected during the weekend, the shutdown will enter its fourth week next week.

An estimated 800,000 federal workers could go without paychecks this week, because funding for their agencies ran out on December 22. Transportation Security Administration agents have been calling out sick to protest not being paid for their work.

Miami International Airport on Saturday closed its least-used concourse due to a shortage of TSA officers, according to the Miami Herald.

Meantime, a separate poll by CNN showed Trump's disapproval rating among Americans had climbed by five points - to 57 per cent - in just a month, with just 37 per cent approving.

Newspapers and TV newscasts across the country are filled with stories of government workers lying awake at night wondering how they are going to pay their bills. Trump said in the posting.

A union that represents thousands of air traffic controllers sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, saying it had violated federal wage law by failing to pay workers.

Democrats also pledged to press Barr to release Mueller's eventual report to the public, while most are avoiding talk of impeachment until it is finished.

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