Warner: 'History will show' Trump botched shutdown talks

Arturo Kim
January 14, 2019

"I could do that very quickly", Trump said during a White House event on border security. That, in turn, could prompt him to sign bills that restore funding to agencies that have been affected by the shutdown.

Pirro also questioned Mr Trump about a New York Times report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an inquiry into whether the president was secretly working for Russian Federation.

As a result, about 800,000 federal employees, including FBI agents and air-traffic controllers, received no pay cheques last Friday.

The shutdown is now the longest in USA history, surpassing the 21-day closure that began during Bill Clinton's presidency in 1995. "I'm not going to blame you for it".

"If they can't do it".

Declaring a national emergency along the U.S.

Until Friday, Trump had suggested numerous times that he was getting closer to taking the controversial decision.

A predictable partisan divide shapes the blame game, with 85 percent of Democrats citing Trump and Republicans as the cause and 68 percent of Republicans pointing the finger at congressional Democrats. "Just give in. He's not going to give in", Graham said.

Nonetheless, Trump insisted he had the right to declare an emergency if he chose to, and continued to insist there was a crisis at the border.

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 U.S. history when it entered its 22nd day on Saturday.

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"The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE." he tweeted.

"I think [Schumer] is dealing with the objective reality that his party will not tolerate working with Trump", Gingrich told Catsimatidis.

"Elections have consequences!" he declared, meaning the 2016 election in which "I promised safety and security" and, as part of that, a border wall.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican border presents major challenges, ranging from the violent Mexican drug trade to the plight of asylum seekers and poor migrants seeking new lives in the world's richest country.

President Donald Trump broke his Twitter silence on Sunday morning to rant that Democrats for failing to bow to his desire for a wall - then accused them of neglecting their jobs and "having fun" while he waits in the Oval Office.

Some studies show that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than people born in the United States.

The last week has been contentious between Republicans and Democrats, as witnessed Wednesday when Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leadership after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the president "no" she would not support funding a border wall.

The "wall plus" plan could include an extension of temporary protected status for about 400,000 immigrants in the U.S. because of disasters back home in El Salvador and elsewhere, and renewable three-year work permits for young, undocumented "Dreamers", he said.

The shutdown began on December 22, after Senate Democrats refused to vote on the appropriations bill giving $5.6 billion towards the construction of a barrier on the US-Mexico border that was approved by the Republican-majority House of Representatives.

Later Saturday, he supplemented a day's worth of tweets by telephoning in to Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Pirro from the White House to continue his public relations blitz for the wall.

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