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The Washington Post reports that Americans are nearly evenly split on whether they support a solid wall along the United States' southern border, up from the beginning of the immigration battle between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

Democrats have refused to give the president funds for his wall, sparking a partial government shutdown which has reached the longest in US history.

"Elections have consequences!" he declared, meaning the 2016 election in which "I promised safety and security" and, as part of that, a border wall.

Trump tells Fox News' Jeanine Pirro that he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the USA southern border.

"I tried to see if we could open up the government for limited period of time to negotiate a deal and the president says, let's make a deal, then open up the government", Graham said.

After meeting with Trump on Friday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said it was clear to him and the president that "Democrats don't want to make a deal and will never support border wall/barriers".

The shutdown on Saturday became the longest USA government closure of the modern era, exceeding the 1995-96 funding lapse.

On Sunday, he said he wants the Democrats to come back to the negotiating table. By more than 2-1 (66 percent to 31 percent), Americans say they oppose invoking an emergency to build a border wall.

Screeners are among the lowest-paid federal employees.

"There's a real risk for Democrats if they go out and they do something to help President Trump, that their own base is going to go after them", Gingrich concluded.

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He tweeted after returning from his trip the "Humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border".

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican border presents challenges, but Trump has turned his single-minded push for more walls into a crusade. Democrats overwhelmingly blame Republicans: 85% of Democrats lay blame at Congressional Republicans and Trump.

For the president, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals.

"I think [Schumer] is dealing with the objective reality that his party will not tolerate working with Trump", Gingrich told Catsimatidis.

The record shutdown has furloughed 800,000 federal employees and cut government services across the USA, caused by a lack of agreement between Republicans and Democrats over their funding. He is far from left waiting in the White House. "I don't want to give them an easy way out". Such a step would allow Trump to bypass Congress and tap various pots of unspent federal money, including for military construction and disaster relief and from asset seized by law enforcement, to pay for the wall.

It turns out that in the poll, conducted between January 8-11, 2019 of 788 Americans, 53% of those polled believe that Trump and congressional Republicans are to blame, while just 29% blame the Democrats in Congress for the shutdown, and 13% blame both parties equally.

President Trump put the blame squarely on Democrats Sunday, saying on Twitter "Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don't want to include it in talks".


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