New Poll Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Blame Trump More Than Democrats for Shutdown

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer say President Donald Trump just got up and walked out on their negotiation

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer say President Donald Trump just got up and walked out on their negotiation

"No president has ever been removed from office", Democrat Adam Smith told ABC's This Week.

President Donald Trump is refusing to approve a federal budget unless it includes funding for a border wall.

He has the right to undertake a construction project of this scale in times of war and national emergency, usually by allocating funds from the Department of Defence. Graham, who said he and Trump talked by telephone on Sunday morning, said the legislative path "is just about shut off" and blamed Pelosi.

He described an emergency declaration as an "easy way out" and said he would prefer Congress to resolve the problem. Sixty-six percent of respondents, however, oppose Trump using emergency powers to get a border wall built-something he has floated during the shutdown.

"I would consider DACA, but I think we'd complicate it", Trump told reporters during an impromptu gaggle on the South Lawn of the White House. "I'm just so frustrated we can't get into a room and hammer it out".

House Democrats as well as a smattering of Republicans voted this week in favor of bills to reopen portions of the government.

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. Instead, McConnell last week vowed to stand with Trump in the wall debate, after the president met with all Senate Republicans and pleaded for party unity behind his wall quest.

Trump has been counseled by outside advisers to move toward declaring a national emergency for the "crisis" that he says exists at the southern border.

He noted though that the way things have unfolded seem to contradict Trump's vows to do politics differently from how things in Washington are traditionally handled.

"Stop harming our country and our economy and let's make our best efforts because we all agree we need to invest more in border security", Coons said.

"They're not going to write us a check", Hannity replied.

"This lawsuit is not complicated: We do not believe it is lawful to compel a person to work without paying them", the federation's president, Randy Erwin, said in a statement.

Opponents say such a unilateral presidential move would be constitutional overreach and set a risky precedent in similar controversies. Democrats have said they would support $1.6 billion for more general border security, but not specifically for a wall.

Trump has refrained from going that route, which would involve bypassing Congress to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border with unidentified Pentagon funds.

Negotiations are at a standstill and no more talks are scheduled for the weekend or early next week.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives and a key figure in opposing Trump's agenda, said money should be spent in many areas of border security, but not on walls.

The shutdown is now the longest in the country's history.

At least one airport planned to close a concourse as absences rose among security screeners who haven't received their wages.

As the shutdown has continued, both the House and Senate have approved legislation that would provide back pay to federal workers once the shutdown ends.

Trump's current approval rating matches Ronald Reagan's at this point in his presidency.

They include prison guards, air traffic controllers and security staff, and enforcement workers such as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. They have refused further negotiations until the government is reopened after being partially shut down since December 22.

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