Trump blames Democrats for shutdown

 news.com.au  1/14/2019 4:35:29 PM 

Donald Trump has lashed out at America’s Democratic Party on Twitter, saying the longest government shutdown in US history is “their fault”.

News Corp Australia NetworkJanuary 15, 20193:20am

The standoff between Donald Trump and America’s Democratic party has led to the longest government shutdown in US history — it’s now on day 24 with no end in sight.

On Monday morning Mr Trump showed no sign of capitulating, tweeting about who he thinks is to blame for the state of affairs that sees goverment works go unpaid.

Targeting Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Mr Trump argued that the shutdown “has become their, and the Democrats, fault!” But Mr Trump weeks ago asserted that he would “own” the shutdown and polls show that people mostly think that he is to blame.

According to a poll by CNN, 55 per cent say he is more responsible for the shutdown than the Democrats, while 32 per cent say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats.

America’s Congress has returned to Washington for its first full week of legislative business since control of the House reverted to Democrats, but politicians have been confronted with the same lingering question: When will the partial government shutdown end?

One Republican senator says he’s offered US President Donald Trump a possible solution.

Senator Lindsey Graham is encouraging Mr Trump to reopen government and continue negotiating with Democrats over the wall Mr Trump wants to build on the US-Mexico border.

If there’s no deal at the end of that time, Mr Graham says Mr Trump would be free to take the more dramatic step of declaring a national emergency to build it.

But judging by Mr Trump’s tweets, it seems unlikely he’ll compromise.

Mr Trump has kept Washington on edge over whether he would resort to declaring a national state of emergency over the border wall, which is the reason for the government shutdown.

Citing what he says is a “crisis” of drug smuggling and the trafficking of women and children at the border, Mr Trump initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but now says he prefers a legislative solution.

Democrats oppose an emergency declaration but may be powerless to block it.

Some Republicans are wary, too, fearing how a future Democratic president might use that authority.

Such a move, should Mr Trump ultimately go that route, would almost certainly be challenged in the courts.

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