Top Republicans oppose border 'emergency' as shutdown drags on


He has the right to undertake a construction project of this scale in times of war and national emergency, usually by allocating funds from the Department of Defence. "I'm just so frustrated we can't get into a room and hammer it out".

As of Friday night, only Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to appear on TV Sunday.

By a wide margin, more Americans blame President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress than congressional Democrats for the now record-breaking government shutdown, and most reject the president's assertion that there is an illegal-immigration crisis on the southern border, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The increase in support is sharpest among Republicans, whose backing for Trump's long-standing campaign promise jumped 16 points in the past year, from 71 per cent to 87 per cent.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019The building of the Wall on the Southern Border will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country! The costs are already high: People are missing paychecks, losing business, or working without pay.

"That is not a historical claim that I think any president or any Congress should want to make", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on the shutdown becoming the longest ever in USA history.

"Your families will get your paychecks", he told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the agency's Washington headquarters. But Trump said Friday that he wasn't rushing to use that option, which would be challenged in court and, if not overturned, establish a precedent expanding the power of future Democratic presidents. "Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!"

The last meeting between Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leaders ended with Trump walking out.

She then warned "Americans can't afford another day" and urged supporters to call their senators and "demand a vote to re-open" - focusing specifically on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham says he encouraged Trump during a telephone conversation Sunday to reopen government for a period of weeks to try to negotiate a deal with Democrats that would break the impasse.

"As an equal branch of government we have the authority to override the President's veto, if that's what he chooses to do", Manchin said.

The United States' President is refusing to approve a federal budget unless it includes funding for his promised wall along the border with Mexico, which the Democrats are refusing to do.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, part of the GOP leadership, said at a forum Friday in Austin that the lawmakers "worked very hard to make sure that the victims of Hurricane Harvey - their concerns are addressed and Texas is able to rebuild".

"I would hate to see it".

CNN found that "t$3 he public generally is more apt to blame the President, with 55% saying he is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress, while 32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats".

"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". "As a candidate, this is what he talked about, and if there's any mandate he can claim from his election, it was better border security and keeping this nation safe".

White House officials are expecting a quiet weekend at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Some US media reports suggested the White House was considering diverting some of the $US13.9 billion allocated previous year by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall.