Trump doubles down on border wall argument

US President Donald Trump and others listen to a prayer during a meeting about border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House

And according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted between January 8 and 11, 53 percent of Americans blame Trump and congressional Republicans for the shutdown, compared to 29 percent who blame congressional Democrats and 13 percent who blame both.

Graham said that in his conversation with Trump, the president indicated he would support "wall plus", meaning other immigration policies that so far congressional leaders in both parties haven't embraced and are seen as likely to further complicate the talks.

Lawmakers adjourned for the weekend but will return to Washington on Monday.

"But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised. a Wall at the Southern Border".

Mr Trump told Pirro he had not left the White House in months except for recent trips to Iraq and Germany and was "ready, willing and able to get a deal done".

Opponents say a unilateral presidential move like declaring emergency would be constitutional overreach and set a risky precedent in similar controversies. He said he's giving Congress a chance to "act responsibly".

In December, President Trump specifically told Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that he would not blame the Democrats for a government shutdown, saying on December 11, "I'll tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck (Schumer)". Trump said Friday that he planned to sign a bill guaranteeing that federal employees will be given back pay once the government reopens.

Another Twitter user, Cat Heifner, shared what she said was her brother's payslip, showing he had been paid one cent for his work as an air traffic controller. "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off. See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers".

About a quarter of the federal government is out of operation and last Friday 800,000 employees missed their first salaries of the year. "And so in order to survive, he is taking positions and doing things that you and I would think make no sense at all, and don't fit everything we know about him as a person, but it fits what he thinks he needs to do in order to survive".

He was one of 19 law enforcers, faith leaders and elected officials invited to a White House meeting Friday to discuss border security with President Donald Trump, who took the opportunity to attack Democratic refusal to fund a wall.

Democrats oppose such a declaration but may be powerless to stop it.

Although the president is now frustrated with the inaction of the Democrats, he does think this standstill could help Republicans in 2020.

Nevertheless the administration has accelerated planning for it.

He said he is in the White House waiting for Democrats to come and make a deal.

An ABC-Washington Post poll released Sunday had results similar to the CNN poll with respect to Americans' views on who is to blame for the shutdown.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to clarify who is now in the White House with the president. Jared Kushner was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to his father-in-law that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better option.

Sen. Richard Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that centrist Senate Republicans who sought to broker a deal last week should step forward and make an appeal to their party's leader in the chamber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The person was unauthorized to discuss private sessions and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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