Published: Mon, January 14, 2019

Top Republicans oppose emergency declaration as shutdown drags on

Top Republicans oppose emergency declaration as shutdown drags on

Trump also blasted Democrats for attending a winter retreat in Puerto Rico, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers attended the opening night of Hamilton with creator and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda back in the lead.

An attempt Thursday by moderate Republican senators to broker a deal that would have traded immigration protections for undocumented "Dreamers" brought to the USA as children in return for wall money collapsed after Vice President Mike Pence rejected it.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump wants a deal first.

"See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers".

Earlier, Trump backed away from threats to declare a national emergency and build the wall with money appropriated from military, water management and disaster management funds, among other sources. The only option, Graham tweeted, was for Trump to "declare a national emergency NOW".

"The building of the Wall on the Southern Border will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!"

Trump contended, "I'm ready, willing and able to get a deal done...."

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.

Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he does not have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in USA history when it entered its 22nd day on Saturday.

The speaker's office had no immediate comment.

Democrats oppose such a declaration but may be powerless to stop it. "Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!"

Philip Rucker, the White House bureau chief at the Washington Post, went on to say that Trump's latest tweets about the shutdown appeared to be in response to Rucker's appearance on NBC's Today Saturday morning.

The paper reported law enforcement officials became concerned after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017 and said the agency had to consider whether the president's actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

"I do think if we reopen the government, if the president ends this shutdown crisis, we have folks who can negotiate a responsible, modern investment in technology that will actually make us safer", Coons said.

He noted though that the way things have unfolded seem to contradict Trump's vows to do politics differently from how things in Washington are traditionally handled.

But Trump has said that while he is interested in pursuing a broader overhaul of the immigration system, he first wants to hear what the Supreme Court has to say about the group of immigrants known as "Dreamers".

Pelosi also has shown no interest in accepting a wall - she has called it an "immorality" - in exchange for the suggested immigration fixes.

As Democrats and the White House continue to negotiate, Sen. Most came through our Southern Border. Trump said Friday that he planned to sign a bill guaranteeing that federal employees will be given back pay once the government reopens.

The White House has been laying the groundwork for an emergency declaration, feared by members of both parties. "Primarily because if we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built", Sen.

"I'm in the White House, waiting", Trump said, accusing Democrats of "having fun and not even talking!"

Milstead steered clear of partisan finger-pointing, but he pushed back against critics who say the wall will not work.

"I would hate to see it".

"I don't know where it's going but I can tell you this", he 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.

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