Hillary Clinton weighs in as partial government shutdown becomes longest in history

Hillary Clinton weighs in as partial government shutdown becomes longest in history

Kerry Wise
January 14, 2019

Trump has threatened repeatedly to declare a national emergency to break the stalemate and to order the start of construction of a wall, although on Friday, he retreated from his previously aggressive rhetoric by noting that he is not ready to take such a step now.

The last meeting between Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leaders ended with Trump walking out.

What's new today The shutdown officially is the longest in USA history, eclipsing a 21-day closure that ended January 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton's administration.

After meeting with Trump on Friday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said it was clear to him and the president that "Democrats don't want to make a deal and will never support border wall/barriers".

"I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug".

According to the Associated Press, senior White House aide Jared Kushner - Mr Trump's son-in-law - is among those who have cautioned the president against declaring a national emergency.

Of the 54 per cent of Americans who oppose the wall, 27 per cent say Democrats should continue to resist Trump's demands for $5.7 billion for a barrier, and 23 per cent say Democrats should compromise with the president.

"I don't care what they name it", Trump said.

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"I have never been more depressed about moving forward", Graham, a South Carolina Republican and close Trump ally, declared after talks over a broader deal collapsed. "The Democrats are forcing him into a choice of doing the national emergency because they won't sit down and discuss it".

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican border presents challenges, but Mr Trump has turned his single-minded push for more walls into a crusade that opponents say is a stunt to stoke xenophobia in his right-wing voter base.

Only in recent days has Trump begun describing the problem as "humanitarian", referring in a tweet Saturday to "a massive Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border". But he was persuaded that the seriousness of the moment warranted the Oval Office for his speech to the nation this week about the fight over the border wall. A group of Republican senators were trying to forge a deal to pair wall funding with legal status for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, often known as Dreamers.

Pelosi also has shown no interest in accepting a wall - she has called it an "immorality" - in exchange for the suggested immigration fixes.

With polls showing Trump getting most of the blame for the shutdown, the administration accelerated planning for a possible emergency declaration to try to get around Congress and fund the wall from existing sources of federal revenue. Then Republicans often called out Obama as overstepping his authority in using executive actions when Congress failed to act on White House priorities. Trump should stick to his guns and his campaign promise and get the wall built however long the shutdown lasts. While a wall is not necessary along our entire southern border, our border agents need more resources and funding for advanced technology to assist them in apprehending those attempting to cross over illegally.

But there was another election, in November, and the effect of that is that the Democrats now control the House and they refuse to give Trump money for a wall. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who said he believes that Democrats have no intention of making a deal.

As of Friday night, only Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to appear on TV Sunday.