Trump Furious Over Dems 'Having Fun' Amid Government Shutdown

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President Donald Trump has said he has "no idea" if he will be able to strike a deal with the Democrats for his border wall and end the longest U.S. government shutdown in history.

"I asked him, 'Mr".

"We want Congress to do its job", the president said in a discussion on border security at the White House.

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.

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

He tweeted: "I am in the White House waiting for Cryin' Chuck and Nancy to call so we can start helping our Country both at the Border and from within". "But while we're having that debate, let's reopen the government".

The president didn't elaborate on the reporter or the news program he had in mind while tweeting, but Washington Post's Philip Rucker identified himself as Trump's target.

Around a quarter of the federal government remains out of operation, with 800,000 employees unpaid for more than three weeks.

Democrats and the president remain at loggerheads.

Trump says in a Fox News Channel interview that he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Democrats reject that characterization and continue to prepare a response to an emergency declaration that would involve recourse to the courts.

Correspondents say Democrats would mount an immediate legal challenge if Mr Trump made such a move. "I want to see this wall get built, so I want to keep pressure on Democrats to actually come to the negotiating table in good faith and fund what they've supported in the past".


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

Democrats in Congress insist Republicans step in and force Trump's hand.

Sen. Richard Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that centrist Senate Republicans who sought to broker a deal last week should step forward and make an appeal to their party's leader in the chamber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He again sought to blame Democrats, who he said were "everywhere but Washington as people await their pay". Two-thirds of Republicans surveyed would support a move by Trump to declare an emergency to build a border wall, though 66 percent of all respondents said they oppose it. This, as polls suggest Trump is getting most of the blame for the shutdown. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union". "The easiest solution to the shutdown, just give President Trump the money", he said.

The standoff has turned into a test of political ego, particularly for Trump, who came into office boasting of his deal-making powers and making an aggressive border policy the keystone of his nationalist agenda.

"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.

United States President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed to have a "plan" to end the partial government shutdown, warning at the same time that it could go on for "a long time" if the Democrats do not cooperate.

The shutdown became the longest ever on Saturday as it entered its 22nd day.

They are classed as essential employees and required to work, but many are calling in sick to protest the situation.

In Miami, an entire airport terminal will be closed this weekend because of a shortage of security workers. The proportion of TSA workers on unscheduled leave on Saturday was 5.6 percent, compared with 3.3 percent on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said in a tweet.

Johnson also suggested that Congress pass legislation to pay federal employees who are now working without pay. Trump has said he'll sign it.

"We're doing our best to make sure it doesn't impact our diplomacy", he said.

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