Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Top Republicans Oppose Border "Emergency" As US Shutdown Drags On

Top Republicans Oppose Border

"If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off". See if we can get a deal.

'We need a wall, very simple.

Two new polls, by The Washington Post and ABC News, along with one from CNN, showed American voters blame Trump and Republicans more than Democrats for the partial government shutdown and oppose construction of the wall. Thirteen percent blame both equally.

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.

The wall was the central promise of Trump's winning campaign in 2016.

Here's what Trump's tweeted: "Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown, while at the same time ending the awful humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border". This country wants to have protection at the border.

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The president also said the Democrats don't want to do a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects young immigrants brought illegally to the United States by their parents.

The BBC's correspondent in Washington said that, with no further talks with the Democrats planned, this now seemed the most likely option for the president. "Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!" he wrote.

A terminal at Miami International Airport will be closed shortly because of a shortage of security guards caused by the partial government shutdown. But the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to consider the measures unless Trump agrees to sign them.

Trump sees the declaration of an emergency as a last resort and still hopes to make a deal with Democrats to reopen the federal government, Graham said, adding that he spoke to Trump earlier in the day.

"What we don't want to do is waste taxpayer money on a vanity project that's ineffective that the president said Mexico would pay for, " Kaine said.

President Donald Trump has reiterated his willingness to declare a national emergency to build the border wall if Congressional Democrats don't play ball.

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However, the Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives said the ball was in Mr Trump's court.

The president began his Saturday tweeting with a slam at and the claim that he "just learned" from the newspaper that the FBI began an investigation after the firing of F.B.I. director James Comey into whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation.

But Trump accused the Democrats of only wanting to score points against him with a view to the 2020 presidential elections.

"My understanding was that the president was going to sign that, but apparently he changed his mind", Mr. Cornyn said. "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".

Trump met with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders at the White House this past week. A longtime political consultant, he is also a Fox News contributor and the author of 11 books, including "Putin's Master Plan: To Destroy Europe, Divide NATO, and Restore Russian Power and Global Influence". No meetings between White House officials and congressional staff are scheduled, and no appearances by the President are expected - only tweets.

"Why is Mitch McConnell completely absent from these negotiations?"

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In the Fox interview, Trump also dismissed a report by The Washington Post that catalogued the extraordinary measures he had taken to keep details of his conversations with Putin from other U.S. officials. The tweets came shortly after an NBC "Today" panel with network reporters Peter Alexander and Kristen Welker, as well as Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker discussed the topic.

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