'Elections have consequences,' Trump tweets as shutdown continues

Marsha Scott
January 14, 2019

"If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off".

Trump spoke with Jeanine Pirro during "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday on Fox News and deflected questions about when he would use emergency powers to stop the record-setting partial government shutdown.

Democrats oppose an emergency declaration but may be powerless to block it.

The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in the history of the United States when the clock ticked past midnight on Friday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. Almost everyone at Nasa is being told to stay home, as are most at the internal revenue service, which processes tax returns and issues refunds, though the administration says it will issue refunds during the shutdown.

Trump reminded that building a wall on the Mexican border was one of his main campaign promises. After Pelosi said she wouldn't provide funding for a border wall even if Trump reopened the government, the president said "bye bye", in his words, and left the room - a signature negotiating tactic for the former real estate developer and reality TV show star.

The dispute has disrupted everything from air travel to tax collection and suspended pay for 800,000 government workers. Functions not happening include some routine food inspections, timely release of market-moving agriculture data, and U.S. reviews needed for initial public offerings of stocks. "No president has ever been removed from office", Democrat Adam Smith told ABC's This Week. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion in new border security funding, but none specifically for a wall.

The paper reported law enforcement officials became concerned after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017 and said the agency had to consider whether the president's actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

CNN said the public generally blames Trump for the shutdown, with 55 percent saying that he is more responsible to 32 percent for Democrats, with 9 percent saying both are responsible.

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.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, part of the GOP leadership, said at a forum Friday in Austin that the lawmakers "worked very hard to make sure that the victims of Hurricane Harvey - their concerns are addressed and Texas is able to rebuild".

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"I'm in the White House, waiting", Trump said, accusing Democrats of "having fun and not even talking!" See if we can get a deal.

Mr Trump, however, acknowledged that such a move would likely trigger a legal battle ending in the Supreme Court.

According to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS between January 10 and 11, 55 percent of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown, while 32 percent blame congressional Democrats and nine percent blame both.

Pressed by Pirro to go ahead and declare and emergency, Trump said: 'Well, that might happen.

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. Milstead said a barrier of steel slats that border agents can see through and animals and waters can pass through - much like what exists at the border now - could work. How are we going to pay rent? "We believe the government should be opened".

Graham said he planned to ask William Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general, during his confirmation hearing this week whether he trusted Mueller and his team to be fair and whether he saw any reason to fire the special counsel.

He says Democrats don't support a wall costing billions of dollars that will, in his words, "destroy sensitive lands, take private property, and can be tunneled under, climbed over or cut through". The California Democrat opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the USA southern border.

As the shutdown drags into a fourth week, each side has blamed the other. He forecasts a long shutdown unless Democrats "come back from their "vacations"..."

They are classed as essential employees and required to work, but many are calling in sick to protest the situation. The president is expected to sign the legislation.

They include prison guards, air traffic controllers and security staff, and enforcement workers such as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

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