Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump says record-long govt shutdown could be resolved 'in 15 minutes'

Trump says record-long govt shutdown could be resolved 'in 15 minutes'

And Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, told ABC, "We don't want it to come down to a national emergency declaration", even if he believes Trump has the authority to do so.

Ms Pirro pressed Mr Trump on why he had yet to declare a national emergency.

"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, see if we can get a deal", Mr Graham said on Fox News Sunday.

Pressed on whether he was confident he could strike a deal with Ms Pelosi, he said he had "no idea".

Trump addresses the American Farm Bureau on Monday. Forty-eight percent of independents blame Trump, compared to 34 percent who blame congressional Democrats and 14 percent who blame both sides.

Fifteen percent of Republicans blame their fellow Republicans for the government's standstill, and another 15% of Republicans blame both parties equally.

More Americans remain opposed to the idea of a border wall than support it, the poll found, although the margin has narrowed over the past year.

The same poll, however, showed increased support for Trump on one issue: a wall at the U.S.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill responded on Twitter that "Speaker Pelosi has been in DC all weekend working from the Capitol".

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Trump also suggested that he is open to including protections for "dreamers", who were brought to the country illegally as children, as part of a deal.

After the shutdown slipped into the record books, with the impasse now entering its 23rd day, Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets saying he did have a strategy to break the deadlock.

"I don't want to speak for the president... but I'm confident what I just described with a few other things would be a deal acceptable to the White House and a lot of Democrats, and I'm just so frustrated we can't get in a room and hammer it out", Graham said. A person familiar with White House thinking said that in meetings this past week, the message was that the administration is in no rush and wants to consider various options. Instead, McConnell last week vowed to stand with Trump in the wall debate, after the president met with all Senate Republicans and pleaded for party unity behind his wall quest. We want this to end, there's no excuse for the shutdown, ' " Durbin said. However, two-thirds of Republicans would support the president's decision to use those powers. 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. The California Democrat opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the US southern border.

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.

Congress says all affected federal workers will get back pay as soon as the shutdown is over, but that brings little assurance to those who have immediate expenses and little or no savings in case of an emergency.

More Americans-54%-still say they oppose a border wall.

Johnson also accused Democrats of minimizing what he called a "crisis" at a border.

Miami International Airport said it will close one of its terminals early over the next several days due to a possible shortage of security screeners, who have been calling in sick at twice the normal rate.

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