Majority of Americans Blame Donald Trump, GOP for Shutdown, Polls Say

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The partial U.S. 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.

"[Schumer] and Pelosi were so bad the other night that the president ought to pay them to go on TV once a week", Gingrich, the former GOP House Speaker, told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y., pointing to the Democratic response to President Trump's Oval Office address on border wall funding.

The weeks-old standoff over funding led to the partial government shutdown that hit day 23 on Sunday without an end in sight.

"I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug" on a legislative solution, Graham said.

The president did not tip his hand Saturday on whether he will move ahead with an emergency declaration that could break the impasse, free up money for his wall without congressional approval and kick off legal challenges and a political storm over the use of that extraordinary step.

Of those 42 per cent who support the wall, 24 per cent say Trump should continue to demand the level of funding he has asked for, and 16 per cent say he should strike a deal with the Democrats. The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back.

"These guys have got to be really angry at each other", Gingrich said. "See if we can get a deal", Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has called on Trump to invoke emergency action, said on "Fox News Sunday". He added that Trump should test the Democrats' willingness to compromise by the concessions he is willing to make clear to everyone.

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CNN found that "t$3 he public generally is more apt to blame the President, with 55% saying he is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress, while 32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats". Such a move, should Trump ultimately go that route, would nearly certainly be challenged in the courts.

Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, gestures while speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 28, 2018.

"The only crisis here is one that's been created by the president's abrupt change in position at the end of previous year in the last days of a Republican-controlled Congress", Coons said. On the divisive issue of the border wall with Mexico, however, support for the wall has strengthened among Republicans: eight out of ten favor the wall. "There should be timely negotiations on border security after the government is open".

"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.

Most Democrats say they agree on the need for border security, but say there is no national security crisis and believe a wall would be an impractical waste of money.

Only in recent days has Trump begun describing the problem as "humanitarian", referring in a tweet Saturday to "a massive Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border". "I will declare a national emergency", Trump said.

"I actually want to see this wall get built", Johnson said. A person familiar with White House thinking said that in meetings this past week, the message was that the administration is in no rush and wants to consider various options.

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