Trump's wall emergency may end one conflict but create another

Trump's wall emergency may end one conflict but create another

Trump's wall emergency may end one conflict but create another

While Trump on Saturday three times cited a "humanitarian crisis" at the border, he also tied the debate to his 2016 campaign promise: "Part of that promise was a Wall at the Southern Border". Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, said on ABC's "This Week" that "one phone call" from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could get the ball rolling to reopen the government. "No thanks to the Democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans!" Earlier, Trump backed away from threats to declare a national emergency and build the wall with money appropriated from military, water management and disaster management funds, among other sources.

"We know that roughly, almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News, "and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border".

But Trump accused the Democrats of only wanting to score points against him with a view to the 2020 presidential elections.

In place of an olive branch to the Democrats, Trump has offered insults and accusations, and on Wednesday stormed out of a meeting with congressional leaders that he called at the White House.

"I do have a plan on the Shutdown", he said.

The federal government has entered Day 22 of a partial government shutdown, becoming the longest closure in US history.

But the measures are unlikely to be approved by the Senate, which is controlled by Mr Trump's Republicans.

Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he urged the president on Sunday to reopen the government for a limited period to try to get talks going again.

Asked by Fox News why he did not immediately declare a national emergency to secure the funds without congressional approval, Mr Trump said he wanted to give opposition Democratic lawmakers more time to strike a deal.

Nearly half of the State Department employees in the USA and about one-quarter overseas have been furloughed during the shutdown. "With this lawsuit we're saying, 'No, you can't pay workers with I.O.U.s".

Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he'd "hate to see" an emergency declaration by Trump.

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Despite these claims, however, Trump actually admitted in December that if the shutdown occurred over the border wall, it would be his fault.

President Donald Trump said yesterday he would not declare a national emergency "right now" to end a standoff over border security that has idled large swaths of the USA government, all but guaranteeing that he will preside over the longest shutdown in US history.

Trump himself has bragged that the border is more secure than in the past.

"They think, 'Gee, we can hurt Trump, '" he said.

About 800,000 federal workers missed their pay for the first time Friday.

The partial shutdown of the government became the longest on record at midnight Friday (0500 GMT Saturday), when it overtook the 21-day stretch in 1995-1996, under then president Bill Clinton.

As the shutdown drags into a fourth week, each side has blamed the other.

Transportation Security Administration workers have gone without pay during the shutdown and some have responded by calling in sick.

On Sunday, Trump acknowledged, at least indirectly, the mounting costs of the shutdown.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), responsible for airport security screening, said its rate of unscheduled absences rose to 5.6 percent on Saturday from 3.3 percent a year ago but that security standards have not been compromised.

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