Trump says he will not be declaring a national emergency 'right now'

14 January, 2019, 00:15 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer say President Donald Trump just got up and walked out on their negotiation

In addition, 52 percent of respondents said that they did not consider the situation at the US-Mexico border to be a crisis, with only 45 percent describing it as one. Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, said on ABC's "This Week" that "one phone call" from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could get the ball rolling to reopen the government.

"If the president was a private citizen, if he was back at the Trump Corporation, he'd be looking at what's going on in Washington and scratching his head".

Mr Trump has been threatening to declare a national emergency, which would allow him to bypass Congress and build the wall by raiding military budgets.

"We know that roughly, almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News, "and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border".

"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". Trump is expected to sign the bill. Some posted photos of their empty earnings statements on social media as a rallying cry to end the shutdown - a jarring image that many in the White House feared could turn more voters against the president as he holds out for billions in new wall funding.

It turns out that in the poll, conducted between January 8-11, 2019 of 788 Americans, 53% of those polled believe that Trump and congressional Republicans are to blame, while just 29% blame the Democrats in Congress for the shutdown, and 13% blame both parties equally.

President Donald Trump closed off the only live negotiation on Capitol Hill to resolve the partial federal government shutdown, now poised to become the longest in USA history, just as about 800,000 federal workers are set to miss their first paycheques.

But the measures are unlikely to be approved by the Senate, which is controlled by Mr Trump's Republicans.

"They have to get together, forge a compromise, each side has to lose a little bit of face and we've got to get the government back open", he said.


The Washington Post/ABC News survey found that far more Americans blame Trump and the Republicans for the shutdown than blame the Democrats - by 53% to 29%.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the wall should not be funded "on the pain and suffering" of US citizens who have faced tragedy after a natural disaster. How are we going to pay rent? Who is at work but not getting paid Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers.

President Trump also tweeted that he was in the White House ready to act and sign funding legislation to end the longest government shutdown in history if Democrats would only come back from their "vacations".

"We have a massive Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border", he wrote on Saturday.

"Stop harming our country and our economy and let's make our best efforts because we all agree we need to invest more in border security", Coons said.

Facing the prospect of the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, Trump has said he might declare a national emergency to bypass Congress to get funding for his wall, which was a central promise of his 2016 presidential campaign.

Miami's airport will close one of its concourses most of Saturday, Sunday and Monday to make sure security checkpoints are adequately staffed as the shutdown begins to strain the aviation system. "Build the wall!" and he pledged that Mexico would pay for it.

On Friday, government workers missed their first payday of this shutdown.

Trump is growing more frustrated as the shutdown drags on and is complaining that his aides are not offering him an exit strategy.

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