Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

The impasse has paralyzed Washington - its impact felt increasingly around the country - with the president retaliating by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute. "They never got it done - I will".

Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believes Trump and Republicans will lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, airport travelers, tourists and others "experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand".

Trump addresses the American Farm Bureau on Monday.

On Saturday, with Congress adjourned for the weekend, Trump said in the first of several tweets on the shutdown that "Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown". Thirteen percent blame both equally.

Trump has the backing of many border security and law enforcement officials both on the wall's necessity and about describing the situation as a crisis. They have also brought donated medical supplies.

The South Carolina Republican said Democrats thus far have not been willing to budge.

Democrats oppose an emergency declaration but may be powerless to block it.

"We don't want it to come down to a national emergency declaration", said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

In a rebuttal to Trump's oval office speech, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer called the wall "expensive and unnecessary" and urged the president to reopen the government and continue to negotiate with lawmakers on a border security plan.

"Let's make a deal, but I'll do it if I had to, '" Graham told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

As the shutdown drags on, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have not made progress toward any kind of agreement that would put an end to it. But the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to consider the measures unless Trump agrees to sign them.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on December 31 the president was open to the idea of giving out a three-year work permit and deportation protections to the DACA population in exchange for wall funding. The California Democrat opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the US southern border. "That's my recommendation", added Graham, who has publicly pushed Trump to use his authority to declare a national emergency to build the wall.

Many Republicans doubt that the invocation of a national emergency would help their cause - likely influencing Trump's decision Friday to say he was holding off in order to give Democrats more time to strike a deal. "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. Graham, who said he and Trump talked by telephone on Sunday morning, said the legislative path "is just about shut off" and blamed Pelosi. "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 press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to clarify who is now in the White House with the president. Christopher Coons, D-Del., questioned on "Fox News Sunday" why McConnell has not taken a more active role.

This article was written by Cat Zakrzewski and Felicia Sonmez, reporters for The Washington Post.

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