Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall

Republican senator Lindsey Graham, chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he urged the president on Sunday to reopen the government for a limited period to try to get talks going again.

Trump tells Fox News' Jeanine Pirro that he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the USA southern border. Many Republicans are wary, too, fearing its use by a future Democratic president.

"How do you negotiate with the speaker of the house when she tells you even if you open up the government, we are not going to give you but $1 for the wall?"

Second, Democrats have said that wall funding will never be on the table, making a DACA deal unlikely. "What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency".

Trump told Sean Hannity this week he has "the absolute right" to make such a declaration if an agreement can not be reached with congressional Democrats on funding for his proposed border wall.

Obtaining funding for his southern border wall could be the least of US President Donald Trump's worries.

Later on Saturday, in a telephone interview with Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, the president said if the Democrats "don't come to their senses" he would declare a national emergency to free up money for his wall without congressional approval.

But Republicans who control the Senate have so far stood with Trump and insisted that any spending bills include money for his wall. In exchange, he wanted $25 billion for the border wall and other security and shifting immigration to a more merit-based system.

Forty-eight percent of independents blame Trump, compared to 34 percent who blame congressional Democrats and 14 percent who blame both sides. He added that Trump should test the Democrats' willingness to compromise by the concessions he is willing to make clear to everyone.

Trump campaigned against illegal immigration in 2016 and said a wall is necessary to keep illegal immigrants from entering the country. 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.

Trump chided 30 congressional Democrats for heading to a Hispanic Caucus retreat in Puerto Rico to watch a charity performance of the smash Broadway show "Hamilton".

"Most of them are living from paycheck to paycheck and now they approach this day on Friday having moved from paycheck to no check", Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said in debate on the House floor.

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the U.S. territory in the Caribbean, killing some 3,000 people, causing catastrophic material damage and crippling the island's power grid. They have also brought donated medical supplies.

Johnson also suggested that Congress pass legislation to pay federal employees who are now working without pay.

The dispute has disrupted everything from air travel to tax collection and suspended pay for 800,000 government workers.

A demonstrator holds a sign, signifying hundreds of thousands of federal employees who won't be receiving their paycheques as a result of the partial government shutdown, during a rally in Washington January 10, 2019.

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