Number of People Who Support Border Wall Reaches All Time High

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2019

Negotiations are at a standstill and no more talks are scheduled for the weekend or early next week. One notable detail is that, while Democrats are unified in their belief that Trump is to blame for the government shutdown (89 percent feel that way), Republicans are a bit more split (65 percent of Republicans blame congressional Democrats but 23 percent also blame Trump).

As a result, about 800,000 federal employees, including FBI agents and air-traffic controllers, received no pay cheques last Friday.

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

Trump told Sean Hannity this week he has "the absolute right" to make such a declaration if an agreement can not be reached with congressional Democrats on funding for his proposed border wall.

Neither of the sides seem willing to budge, yet Trump is also unwilling to resort to declaring a national emergency and use the Pentagon slush fund to build the wall.

But for several weeks, it has been Trump who has stated that he would rather wait until the Supreme Court rules on his executive order rescinding DACA before he would consider negotiating over the policy.

President Donald Trump denied "chaos" in the White House amid the ongoing government shutdown, claiming on Saturday that there's "almost nobody in the W.H. but me".

At a roundtable discussion about border security on Friday with state and local leaders, Mr Trump again demanded that Democrats approve funding for a wall or steel barrier.

On Saturday it reaches its 22nd day, overtaking the previous record - the 21-day shutdown in 1995-96 under then-President Bill Clinton. That ended when congressional Republicans agreed to a short-term funding bill for closed agencies that was later extended.

Of those 42 per cent who support the wall, 24 per cent say Trump should continue to demand the level of funding he has asked for, and 16 per cent say he should strike a deal with the Democrats.

"Democrats could solve the shutdown in 15 minutes!" he said in one tweet, adding in another: "We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work".

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham told Fox News Sunday he would still support a presidential emergency declaration after giving talks another chance.

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. 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.

United States President Donald Trump said he was holding off on declaring a state of emergency to end the partial USA government shutdown that dragged into a 23rd day yesterday, as he insisted on US$5.7 billion (S$7.7 billion) to build a Mexico border wall that congressional Democrats oppose. 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.

"It's a bad precedent", Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said on CNBC. Even White House staffing is severely affected.

An effort by GOP senators led by Graham for a compromise deal that provided both border wall funding as well as immigration provisions appealing to Democrats stalled on Thursday as the President was not in favor, according to two people directly involved. Those civil asset forfeiture funds, held by the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department, generate billions of dollars annually, he said.

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