Trump says record-long govt shutdown could be resolved 'in 15 minutes'

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

In his tweets Saturday, Trump reacted sharply to a televised comment that he lacks a strategy for ending the shutdown.

Mr Trump said the Democrats "could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes" and that he was "ready to sign" a deal.

Trump added: 'I haven't actually left the White House in months, ' with the exception of a Christmas visit to troops in Iraq and Germany.

As a result, 800,000 federal employees - workers as diverse as FBI agents, air traffic controllers and museum staff - did not receive paychecks Friday.

The shutdown became the longest on record at midnight Friday (0500 GMT Saturday), when it overtook the 21-day stretch in 1995-1996, under president Bill Clinton.

While Trump privately considered one dramatic escape route, declaring a national emergency to build the wall without a new stream of cash from Congress, members of his own party were fiercely debating that idea, and the president urged Congress to come up with another solution.

"I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".

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

"If they can't do it". "What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency".

"When I said Mexico would pay for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people. obviously I never meant Mexico would write a cheque", he said. This, as polls suggest Trump is getting most of the blame for the shutdown.

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But while that might end the standoff and allow Congress to move to other priorities, some Republicans believe such a declaration would usurp congressional power and could lead future Democratic presidents to make similar moves to advance liberal priorities.

Opponents say that a unilateral move by the president over the sensitive border issue would be constitutional overreach and set a risky precedent in similar controversies.

Nonetheless, Trump insisted he had the right to declare an emergency if he chose to, and continued to insist there was a crisis at the border.

"This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote for money for the wall, the barrier", Trump said on Friday. "There is no plan.' The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE", Mr. Trump said. The White House scuttled efforts to reach a deal on Capitol Hill on Thursday, and Trump's budget team is drawing up contingency plans for a shutdown that extends through the end of February, according to an administration official. For instance, when Nielsen tweeted that "the number of terror-watchlisted encountered at our Southern Border has increased over the last two years", Blake pointed out that "the terrorist watch list doesn't mean these are terrorists".

But Trump has turned his single-minded push for more walls into a political crusade that opponents say is a stunt to stoke xenophobia in his right-wing voter base while willfully ignoring the border's complex realities.

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. Eighteen per cent say they have been inconvenienced, including 7 per cent who say it has been a major problem.

Some studies show that illegal immigrants generally commit fewer crimes than people born in the United States, although not everyone agrees on this.

And most narcotics are smuggled through heavily guarded checkpoints in vehicles, the government's Drug Enforcement Administration said in a 2017 report. Trump walked out of negotiations this week when Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats refused to give, saying they support dollars for border security just not the big wall Trump envisions.

'We need a wall, very simple.

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