Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Support For Border Wall Jumps As More Americans Blame Trump For Shutdown

Support For Border Wall Jumps As More Americans Blame Trump For Shutdown

Party leaders say they won't agree to fund any kind of wall or barrier between the USA and Mexico beyond what's already in place, and Trump insists he won't agree to reopen the government until the wall is funded.

Nearly half of the State Department employees in the USA and about one-quarter overseas have been furloughed during the shutdown.

On Friday, those workers - including prison guards, airport staff and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents - missed their first salaries of the year.

Trump has threatened repeatedly to declare a national emergency to break the stalemate and to order the start of construction of a wall, although on Friday, he retreated from his previously aggressive rhetoric by noting that he is not ready to take such a step now.

The increase in support is sharpest among Republicans, whose backing for Trump's long-standing campaign promise jumped 16 points in the past year, from 71 per cent to 87 per cent.

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

But he added: "If they can't do it".

Ms Pirro pressed Mr Trump on why he had yet to declare a national emergency. "I have the absolute right to do it".

A CNN poll found that 55 percent believe Trump is more responsible for the shutdown than Democrats in Congress.

Oscar Murillo, an aerospace engineer at Nasa, posted his $0 cheque on Twitter and said he had actually lost money because of mandatory deductions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, travelling Saturday in Abu Dhabi, claimed that morale is good among USA diplomats even as many work without pay.

A food bank in Washington DC is arranging five pop-up markets on Saturday for unpaid federal workers.

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The U.S. government shutdown is now 23 days old and shows no sign of a resolution. "We need money to pay bills".

An estimated 800,000 federal workers could go without paychecks this week, because funding for their agencies ran out on December 22.

Thousands have reportedly applied for unemployment benefits amid the financial uncertainty.

On Sunday evening, Houston Bush airport stopped security screening at one of its terminals, due to a shortage of staff, and directed passengers to other terminals for security checks. As of this weekend, there is still no clear path ahead to end the shutdown. Transportation Security Administration agents have been calling out sick to protest not being paid for their work.

What is the political situation?

But the president himself acknowledged in the White House meeting that an attempt to claim emergency powers would likely end up in legal battles going all the way to the Supreme Court - as other Republicans and some of his advisers have reportedly cautioned him. The president is expected to sign the legislation.

"As an equal branch of government we have the authority to override the President's veto, if that's what he chooses to do", Manchin said.

Second, Democrats have said that wall funding will never be on the table, making a DACA deal unlikely.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters: "When the president acts, we will respond to whatever he does". Democrats have only offered to give in one dollar to fulfill the White House's request for $5.7 billion and the last sit-down negotiation between the two sides resulted in a presidential walkout.

The White House's hope is that once lawmakers are at home this weekend and hear complaints about the shutdown from their constituents, they will be more open to negotiating when they're back in Washington on Monday.

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