The partial USA government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds.
Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets last Saturday in an effort to defend his stance and goad Democrats to return to Washington and end what he called "the massive humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border".
It also ignores the fact that democrats have pushed through spending bills - without funding earmarked for President Trumps southern border wall, an unworkable campaign promise he has refused to change course on - only to see Trump loyalist, Sen.
- House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California to CBS' "Face the Nation" on the $5.7 billion Trump wants for the U.S. -Mexico border wall.
"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 Graham, a South Carolina Republican.
Later on Saturday, in a telephone interview with Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, the president said if the Democrats "don't come to their senses" he would declare a national emergency to free up money for his wall without congressional approval.
The shutdown on Saturday exceeded the 1995-1996 funding lapse, when Democrat Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House. "I want to see this wall get built, so I want to keep pressure on Democrats to actually come to the negotiating table in good faith and fund what they've supported in the past".
"I think it ends when the Senate Republicans say we've had enough".
The lawmaker said Democrats had voted for $1.3 billion in border security before the shutdown started.
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On Friday, Bolton said that the militaries of the USA and Turkey are set to continue negotiating on the Kurdish issue. State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in Damascus.
Gingrich told host John Catsimatidis, while a compromise is being sought to end the historically long government shutdown, it has long odds as Sen.
For the president, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals.
Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican border presents challenges, but Trump has turned his single-minded push for more walls into a crusade.
Congress says all affected federal workers will get back pay as soon as the shutdown is over, but that brings little assurance to those who have immediate expenses or little or no savings in case of an emergency.
The Washington Post/ABC News survey found that far more Americans blame Trump and the Republicans for the shutdown than blame the Democrats - by 53 per cent to 29 per cent.
"I think history will show that Donald Trump, the supposed great dealmaker - and I'm working on a piece on this - that business schools and management consultants will look back for years and say this was the most inept negotiation", Warner told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union".
However, doing so would require invocation of a national emergency to stand up in court - which may be unlikely.
"That is not a historical claim that I think any president or any Congress should want to make", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on the shutdown becoming the longest ever in United States history. Such a step would allow Trump to bypass Congress and tap various pots of unspent federal money, including for military construction and disaster relief and from asset seized by law enforcement, to pay for the wall. "Because, if that's the future of the Democratic Party, it's going to be a very long election for Democrats in 2020".