‘No chaos at White House, but me nearly alone with a plan’

Erika Holt
January 14, 2019

The partial USA government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds.

Trump is growing more frustrated as the shutdown drags on and is complaining that his aides are not offering him an exit strategy.

He denied this allegation and insisted that the White House couldn't be in chaos due to the fact that "there's nearly nobody in the W.H. but me, and I do have a plan on the Shutdown".

The House and the Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, as the shutdown entered its 22nd day.

At least one airport planned to close a concourse as absences rose among security screeners who haven't received their wages. "They can name it whatever, they can name it peaches", President Donald Trump said.

Trump is considering a possible national emergency declaration that would end the shutdown and allow him to obtain his wall funding by circumventing Congress.

The agents are "essential" federal workers and expected to work - despite not being paid until the shutdown ends.

To understand the plan, "you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised.a Wall at the Southern Border".

The previous record dates back to the Clinton administration when a 21-day shutdown resulted from a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress that lasted from December 1995 to January 1996. That ended when congressional Republicans agreed to a short-term funding bill for closed agencies that was later extended.

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Since that meeting both sides have blamed each other.

But the South Carolina Republican tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump wants a deal first. "Whatever you want to call it, it's OK with me". "I think he's got to do it".

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he encouraged Trump during a telephone conversation Sunday to reopen government for a period of weeks to try to negotiate a deal with Democrats that would break the impasse.

Trump has been counseled by outside advisers to move toward a national emergency declaration, but many in the White House are trying to pump the brakes.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican frontier presents major challenges, ranging from the hyper-violent Mexican drug trade to the plight of asylum seekers and poor migrants seeking new lives in the world's richest country.

But the Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, are equally determined not to provide the money.

Mr Trump has maintained that the border can not be secured without a wall.

Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded, including agriculture, homeland security, state, transportation, interior and justice.

Separately, Senator Rob Portman and eight other Republican senators introduced legislation that would permanently outlaw the closing of government operations during budget fights, underscoring the growing frustration in Washington. It estimated that Tlaib's call to "impeach the mother***er" was chewed over by MSNBC, CNN and Fox News for 2.5 hours combined, even long after the comment was made, whereas King's remarks were covered for half an hour only. "This is money that would otherwise have gone to the cartels".

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