U.S. government shutdown hits record length with no end seen

U.S. government shutdown hits record length with no end seen

A Republican senator advising Donald Trump has said he is encouraging the president to reopen the government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a US-Mexico border wall.

Negotiations are at a standstill and no more talks are scheduled for the weekend or early next week. While they will be paid once the shutdown ends, many say they will struggle to pay bills in the meantime.

Terminal G security checkpoint of Miami International Airport, one of six, is deserted on Saturday, January 12, 2019 after it was forced to shut down due to a shortage of security agents.

Meanwhile, 800,000 federal employees will begin their 24th day Monday either furloughed or working without pay.

Democrats hammered away at their demand that Trump reopen the government. "We can build the wall, but if we're not gonna do it in Congress. we need to let the president declare that emergency". "Just give in. He's not going to give in", Graham said.

"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".

"I do think if we reopen the government, if the president ends this shutdown crisis, we have folks who can negotiate a responsible, modern investment in technology that will actually make us safer", Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE said on Fox.

Trump has kept Washington on edge over whether he would resort to such a declaration, citing what he says is a "crisis" of drug smuggling and the trafficking of women and children at the border.

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

Later on Saturday, he telephoned Fox News Channel's Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro from the White House.

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The White House has contended that Democrats are refusing to negotiate, while Democrats accuse Trump of forcing government workers to go unpaid as leverage to get $5.7 billion for a wall that voters don't want.

Since that meeting both sides have blamed each other.

"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.

An attempt Thursday by moderate Republican senators to broker a deal that would have traded immigration protections for undocumented "Dreamers" brought to the United States as children in return for wall money collapsed after Vice President Mike Pence rejected it.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump wants a deal first.

The White House also was eyeing military construction money, another politically hard choice because it would take away from a backlog of hundreds of projects. "And so in order to survive, he is taking positions and doing things that you and I would think make no sense at all, and don't fit everything we know about him as a person, but it fits what he thinks he needs to do in order to survive". However, two-thirds of Republicans would support the president's decision to use those powers.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to clarify who is now in the White House with the president.

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.

Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded, including Agriculture, Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice. "This is money that would otherwise have gone to the cartels". But the Mexican government has refused and Trump is now demanding that Congress provide funding.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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