Trump says he will not be declaring a national emergency 'right now'

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"If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off".

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he encouraged Trump during a telephone conversation Sunday to reopen government for a short period to try to negotiate a deal with Democrats. I will declare a national emergency.

Some US media reports suggested the White House was considering diverting some of the $US13.9 billion allocated previous year by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall.

The dispute centers on Trump's demand for more than $5 billion to build a barrier along the 3,200-kilometer border with Mexico to thwart illegal immigration.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion in new border security funding, but none specifically for a wall. "But while we're having that debate, let's reopen the government". Trump is expected to sign the bill.

This morning around 7 a.m., Trump tweeted, "Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!"

CNN said the public generally blames Trump for the shutdown, with 55 percent saying that he is more responsible to 32 percent for Democrats, with 9 percent saying both are responsible.

The federal government has entered Day 22 of a partial government shutdown, becoming the longest closure in US history. Neither the president nor Democratic congressional leaders have shown any willingness to compromise.

Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, said Trump may ultimately prevail if he resorts to his emergency powers, especially if he avoids seizing property from border landowners and shifts money to build where Congress has already authorized fencing but hasn't funded it. "I'm just so frustrated we can't get into a room and hammer it out". The Post-ABC poll pegged the blame on Trump and Republicans at 53 percent to 29 percent on Democrats.

But the measures are unlikely to be approved by the Senate, which is controlled by Mr Trump's Republicans. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay.

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The number also represents an increase of 8 percent from last year's poll, which recorded 34 percent support.

He urged Trump to "put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table". How are we going to pay rent? Trump said his lawyers had told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny "100 per cent".

Trump himself has bragged that the border is more secure than in the past. How are we going to pay out bills?

As the shutdown drags into a fourth week, each side has blamed the other.

Today's record beats the previous longest shutdown of 21 days from 1995 to 1996 when former United States president Bill Clinton was in office.

In Miami, an entire airport terminal will be closed this weekend because of a shortage of security workers.

In his tweets Saturday, Trump reacted sharply to a televised comment that he lacks a strategy for ending the shutdown.

Congress on Friday passed legislation to guarantee back pay for all workers affected by the shutdown - both those who have been furloughed and those who have continued working as personnel deemed essential to the protection of life and property. Trump has said he'll sign it. He has even threatened to cut off federal emergency funds for fighting wildfires in California, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's home state.

He again attempted to gain support for the border wall, which was a key promise of his 2016 election campaign.