Government should reopen before emergency declared, Lindsey Graham says

People look across Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House

A large majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the recording-breaking 22-day partial government shutdown, according to two polls released Sunday.

More than half of Americans hold President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers mainly responsible for the ongoing longest partial federal shutdown in the US history, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Sunday.

After the shutdown slipped into the record books, with the impasse now entering its 23rd day, Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets saying he did have a strategy to break the deadlock. But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised safety and security for the American people.

Nine of 15 cabinet-level departments have been closed since December 22, after Trump refused to sign a stopgap spending bill that didn't satisfy his demand for at least $5 billion to fund a wall along the southwest border.

"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we're nearly there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal", said Mr Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

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"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we're nearly there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal", Graham said.

But the South Carolina Republican tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump wants a deal first.

The shutdown on Saturday exceeded the 1995-1996 funding lapse, when Democrat Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House.

"Let's give him time to think it through". Democrats voted in the past for border security and should again, he said.

Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers.

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Outspoken Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he didn't trust the Federal Bureau of Investigation "as far as I can throw them". "And if this is not resolved soon, I predict that that's going to go in the wrong direction and we're going to start seeing longer and longer lines at airports".

Nonetheless, Trump insisted he had the right to declare an emergency if he chose to, and continued to insist there was a crisis at the border.

For context, CNN compared Trump's approval rating in January 2019 with the approval rating of President Ronald Reagan in January 1983. Both sides should agree to reopen the government and work toward a compromise on border security so 800,000 federal workers don't have to go without pay. I will declare a national emergency. But he said House Democrats would aggressively probe the Trump White House.

But Trump said Friday that 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 Democratic presidents.

President Donald Trump broke his Twitter silence on Sunday morning to rant that Democrats for failing to bow to his desire for a wall - then accused them of neglecting their jobs and "having fun" while he waits in the Oval Office.

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He said no further details would be released about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing. Norway's comments come at a time in the country is seeking to stamp out vulnerabilities in its telecoms networks.

During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged that Mexico would pay for the wall, which he says is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs.

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