Graham "Depressed" Over Border Wall Stalemate, Seeks Compromise

President Trump retaliates to the Democrats' refusal by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute.— AFP  File

President Trump retaliates to the Democrats' refusal by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute.— AFP File

It signalled a shift in his stance from a day earlier when he had said he was not ready to do it "right now".

Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday he'd like President Trump to reopen the federal government on a temporary basis to see whether a deal can be reached to fund the president's wall on the US-Mexico border and declare a national emergency if not.

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

Democrats have refused to give the president funds for his wall, sparking a partial government shutdown which has reached the longest in USA history.

The president is expected in the new week to sign legislation passed by Congress to provide back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who are not being paid during the shutdown. Democrats overwhelmingly blame Republicans: 85% of Democrats lay blame at Congressional Republicans and Trump.

Graham said he spoke with the president on Sunday morning, Fox News Sunday reported. "That's why I'm depressed".

Graham said he planned to ask William Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general, during his confirmation hearing this week whether he trusted Mueller and his team to be fair and whether he saw any reason to fire the special counsel.

As the shutdown drags on, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have not made progress toward any kind of agreement that would put an end to it.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., also called for the president to reopen the government before debating the issue of border security."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 on "Meet the Press".

First, it would allow him to claim that he was the one to act to reopen the government. As for Independent voters, 53% of them blame the Republicans while only 23% of Independents blame the Democrats, and 17% blame both parties equally.

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Durbin said the shutdown will end "when the Senate Republicans say, 'We've had enough".

"This is a national emergency, if you look what's happening", Trump said Thursday, during a visit to the border in McAllen, Texas. Most also reject the President's assertion that there is an illegal-immigration crisis on the southern border.

Trump's wall is winning adherents as support increased over the past year.

The US government entered its longest shutdown in the nation's history on December 21 after Democrats blocked a bill on the 2019 budget.

"[Schumer] and Pelosi were so bad the other night that the president ought to pay them to go on TV once a week", Gingrich, the former GOP House Speaker, told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y., pointing to the Democratic response to President Trump's Oval Office address on border wall funding.

Johnson also suggested that Congress pass legislation to pay federal employees who are now working without pay.

He tweeted: "I do have a plan on the Shutdown". A person familiar with White House thinking said that in meetings this past week, the message was that the administration is in no rush and wants to consider various options.

In Miami, an entire airport terminal will be closed this weekend because of a shortage of security workers.

"Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don't want to include in talks", Trump said Sunday.

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