Trump doubles down on border wall argument

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One powerful Republican ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, tweeted after talks with Trump: "Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW".

"I would urge (Trump) to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug".

"That's my last option", Trump said, according to Graham.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a leading Democratic negotiator, insists that Mr Trump reopen the government first.

"I don't want to speak for the president, I don't want to lock him in, but I am confident what I just described with a few other things would be a deal acceptable to the White House and a lot of Democrats", Graham said. "Primarily because if we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built", Sen.

"If today the national emergency is border security, tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change", Sen.

Declaring a national emergency along the U.S.

Support for building a wall on the border, which is the principal sticking point in the stalemate between the president and Democrats, has increased over the past year. The California Democrat opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the USA southern border.

The partial shutdown became the longest on record at midnight Friday, when it overtook a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 under president Bill Clinton.

"Democrats could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes!" he said in one tweet, adding in another, "We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work".

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.

Nearly half of all Republicans (49 per cent) say the situation at the border is a crisis, and 43 per cent say it is serious but not a crisis.

Senator Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, said on "Meet the Press" that Democrats have backed more funding for border security "over and over and over again".

A woman takes a picture as floodlights from the US side light up a border fence, topped with razor wire, January 10, 2019, along the beach in Tijuana, Mexico.

The White House also was eyeing military construction money, another politically hard choice because it would take away from a backlog of hundreds of projects.

A predictable partisan divide shapes the blame game, with 85 per cent of Democrats citing Trump and Republicans as the cause and 68 per cent of Republicans pointing the finger at congressional Democrats. "They are having fun and not even talking!"

But the lawmakers reportedly bought their own tickets to the show.

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the USA territory in the Caribbean, killing some 3,000 people, causing catastrophic material damage and crippling the island's power grid. They have also brought donated medical supplies. Ben Cardin of Maryland to guarantee back pay for federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown.

Newspapers and TV newscasts across the country are filled with stories of government workers lying awake at night wondering how they are going to pay their bills. "They have to get together, forge a compromise, each side has to lose a little bit of face and we've got to get the government back open", he said.

But for several weeks, it has been Trump who has stated that he would rather wait until the Supreme Court rules on his executive order rescinding DACA before he would consider negotiating over the policy.

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