USA shutdown: Trump urged to temporarily reopen government

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Trump also shared on Saturday that should the Democrats change their mind about funding the border wall, the shutdown could end in a matter of minutes. Functions not happening include some routine food inspections, timely release of market-moving agriculture data, and United States reviews needed for initial public offerings of stocks.

Trump has tried various angles to pressure Democratic negotiators, but they have not visibly budged from an offer to support some border security spending - the figure of US$1.3 billion (RM5.33 billion) has been floated - but not the US$5.7 billion he wants for a wall. On Friday, though, he said he wasn't rushing to use that option - which would be challenged in court and, if not overturned, establish a precedent expanding the power of future presidents who could include Democrats. "They never got it done - I will".

"I tried to see if we could open up the government for a limited period of time to negotiate a deal", Graham said.

For context, CNN compared Trump's approval rating in January 2019 with the approval rating of President Ronald Reagan in January 1983.


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.

More Americans remain opposed to the idea of a border wall than support it, the poll found, although the margin has narrowed over the past year. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay. He said that the ball was in the court of his political opponents, warning that "we will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work". The problem with that suggestion, Graham said, is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is saying no to a border wall.

"The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago", he Tweeted. "We believe the government should be opened".

"I would hate to see it". While they will be paid once the shutdown ends, many say they will struggle to pay bills in the meantime.


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

"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.

What's new today The shutdown officially is the longest in U.S. history, eclipsing a 21-day closure that ended January 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton's administration. We are instead left with a narrative of a powerless President, stuck alone in the White House, waiting on the actions of others before he can do his job.

A terminal at Miami International Airport is set to reopen Monday after being closed at times over the weekend due to a shutdown-induced staff shortage. About 13 percent thought both sides bear equal responsibility for the shutdown.


With the exception of certain local employees overseas, the rest are working without pay, like those tasked with supporting Pompeo's trip, which has thus far taken him to Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Bahrain, with additional stops to come. "If enough Dems don't vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown!"

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