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

President Trump retaliates to the Democrats' refusal by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute.— AFP  File US partial government shutdown becomes longest on record
Jeannette Daniel | 14 January, 2019, 04:14

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

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

Negotiations have been stalled again because the House adjourned and several Democrats headed to Puerto Rico for a vacation with lobbyists, much to the chagrin of President Trump who is waiting to work out a deal at the White House.

Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he does not have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in USA history when it entered its 22nd day on Saturday. "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off".

Such a step would allow Mr Trump to bypass Congress and tap various pots of unspent federal money, including for military construction and disaster relief and from assets seized by law enforcement, to pay for the wall. Trump has hit a low point of 35% in CNN's polling two times - in December 2017 and February 2018 - and has been at 40% or above just nine times out of the 20 CNN has polled on it. The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back.

Second, Democrats have said that wall funding will never be on the table, making a DACA deal unlikely. "If you think of some of the things they say and do, it's just kind of unbelievable".

He described an emergency declaration as an "easy way out" and said he would prefer Congress to resolve the problem. Many Republicans are wary, too.

While a national emergency would provide some legal framework for his administration to freely move funds toward construction of a barrier, it would nearly certainly face court challenges.

Senator Chris Coons, called Mr Graham's idea to reopen the government a "great place to start".

Gingrich said even if pockets of the Democratic party are against open borders, its political goals are not going tobe met unless they take down President Trump and whatever his agenda is.

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The same poll, however, showed increased support for Trump on one issue: a wall at the U.S.

Graham said he thinks Trump is willing to accept the level of wall funding he is seeking, along with some immigration measures Democrats might find acceptable, such as helping immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S.as children.

"I think it ends when the Senate Republicans say we've had enough".

First, Republicans have a lawsuit before the Supreme Court on the Constitutionality of President Donald Trump's decision to overturn former President Obama's executive order on DACA.

Trump campaigned against illegal immigration in 2016 and said a wall is necessary to keep illegal immigrants from entering the country.

"You get people ... saying walls are immoral", Trump said, after ticking off a litany of crimes committed both by and against immigrants. "Primarily because if we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built", Sen.

The White House also was eyeing military construction money, another politically hard choice because it would take away from a backlog of hundreds of projects. On Sunday, TSA said it had a 7.7 percent national rate in unscheduled absences, compared with 5.6 percent on Saturday and 3.2 percent a year ago.

"It's the last option, not the first option, but we're pretty close to that being the only option", he said.

Graham and Coons spoke on "Fox News Sunday".

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