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Trump not giving in on border wall: Senator Graham

14 January 2019

President Donald Trump says he's at the White House waiting for Democrats to return to Washington and help end the shutdown.

The US government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding became the longest in the modern era as it stretched into its 22nd day Saturday with no end in sight. Some Republicans who railed against executive overreach during President Barack Obama's administration now fear that a future Democratic president could similarly declare a national emergency and fund projects without congressional approval. Democrats are relatively more concerned about these impacts, but many Republicans share the concerns, too.

The White House explored diverting money for wall construction from a range of other accounts.

Concerning the allocation of blame, 53 per cent say Trump and the Republicans are mainly at fault, and 29 per cent blame the Democrats in Congress.

Opponents say that a unilateral move by the president over the sensitive border issue would be constitutional overreach and set a risky precedent in similar controversies.

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Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, said Trump may ultimately prevail if he resorts to his emergency powers, especially if he avoids seizing property from border landowners and shifts money to build where Congress has already authorized fencing but hasn't funded it.

More Americans-54%-still say they oppose a border wall. The shutdown left an estimated 800,000 federal workers unpaid.

The House and Senate adjourned for the weekend, with lawmakers scattering to their states and districts before snow blankets the nation's capital.

"He was elected by the American people as president to carry out border security and build a wall", Scalise said. Another Republican, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump is "willing to meet in the middle" to end a partial USA government shutdown, now at a record 23rd day. He has said several times since he first mentioned the idea in public earlier this month that he prefers to try to reach a deal with Congress.

And, Trump, who was holed up in the White House as snow blanketed Washington on Sunday, appeared to shoot down Graham's suggestion of a "wall plus" deal, saying on Twitter that even Democrats don't want to make "Dreamers" part of the negotiations.

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Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives and a key figure in opposing Trump's agenda, said money should be spent in many areas of border security, but not on walls.

While a national emergency would provide some legal framework for his administration to freely move funds toward construction of a barrier, it would nearly certainly face court challenges. But I want to give them [Democrats] a chance to see if they can act responsibly'. But the legislation has been ignored by the Republican-controlled Senate. One notable detail is that, while Democrats are unified in their belief that Trump is to blame for the government shutdown (89 percent feel that way), Republicans are a bit more split (65 percent of Republicans blame congressional Democrats but 23 percent also blame Trump). Democrats voted in the past for border security and should again, he said. The White House has not indicated if Trump would sign it.

The concerns raised were those who have to continue working may not have time to find a temporary job for supplemental income and might not have much in savings to get through the shutdown.

Trump has told advisers he believes the fight for the wall - even if it never yields the requested funding - is a political win for him.

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Trump not giving in on border wall: Senator Graham