After the government shut down its government in its fourth week, President Donald Trump turned down a short-term legislative correction and dug in for more fighting. He said he would "never give in".
Trump rejected a proposal to reopen the government for several weeks, while negotiations with the Democrats on his $ 5.7 billion call for a long, impregnable wall along the US-Mexico border. The President also moved further away from the idea of declaring a national emergency to circumvent the Congress.
"I'm not looking forward to a national emergency," said Trump on Monday. "It's so easy we do not have to."
In the deadlock of the president with the legislature, there were no cracks after a weekend, without any negotiations. His rejection of the short-term option that the Republican senator had proposed. Lindsay Graham made a way forward and little else was in sight. Congressional Republicans agreed that Trump received a signal for the next step, and the Democrats did not refuse to finance the Wall and their call for a reopening of the government before the border talks resume.
The White House has considered dealing with Democrats rather than negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to curb the democratic opposition to the Wall. A White House official said plans were underway to call first-year students, especially those who initially did not support Pelose's application for the unit.
It was uncertain if any Democrats would respond to the invitation.
Regardless, on Monday met a dozen senators from both parties to talk about ways out of a standstill. Participants included Graham and Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., And Tim Kaine, D-Va.
Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Knowing the group's efforts, added, "I would not go so far as to say he blessed it." The likelihood that the group would produce an actual solution without Trump's approval seemed small. In the past, centrists of both parties who joined together have rarely resolved major disputes between the parties.
Lawmakers returned "discouraged" late on Monday to Capitol Hill, said GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, as all signals signaled a lengthy struggle.
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the Central Committee's GOP chairman, likened the shutdown saga to "Waiting for Godot."
"And Godot never shows up," Shelby said. "We could stay here for a long time, there's nobody on the horse trying to save us … of whom I know."
Meanwhile, the effects of the 24-day government closure have intensified throughout the country. Around 800,000 state workers failed to deepen paychecks on Friday and deepen concerns over mortgage payments and unpaid bills. About half of them were unemployed and provided some services. Travelers at Atlanta Airport, the busiest country in the US, spent more than an hour waiting on Monday while security inspectors went through no-shows.
Trump spent the weekend in the White House to deal with aides and lawmakers and aggressively tweet about Democratic enemies as he tried to assume that the Wall was needed for both security and humanitarian reasons. He repeatedly emphasized this argument in a speech at an agricultural conference in New Orleans on Monday, stressing that there was "no substitute" for a wall or barrier along the southern border.
Trump continued to insist that he has the opportunity to sign an emergency declaration to deal with his alleged drug smuggling and trafficking in women and children at the border. Now, however, he seems in no hurry to make such a statement.
Instead, he's concentrating on urging the Democrats to return to the negotiating table – even though he left the last talks last week – and seized on the fact that a group of Democrat and House senators was retreating in Puerto Rico. He argued that Democrats would rather celebrate on the beach than negotiate – though Pelosi and Schumer were not on the trip.
White House officials warned that an emergency order would remain on the table. Many inside and outside the White House believe that the best option could be to end the budget clause, reopen the government, and tell Trump to his grassroots supporters that he has not given up on the wall.
Some GOP legislators – as well as the White House assistants – have opposed it, fearing that an emergency declaration could be challenged immediately in court. Others expressed concerns about the diversion of funds from other projects, including the money the Congress had approved for disaster relief. Legislators on both sides also warned that acting under an order of urgency would be a disturbing precedent for the executive.
Right now, Trump seems to value his extensive struggle to fulfill a major promise of the campaign. He knows that his supporters – whom he has to throw out in 2020 to win reelection – do not want to win him back.
Trump received a broad range of advice from both sides, including his new Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, senior aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner and MEP Mark Meadows, and external political advisers.
Inside the house, Democrats are trying to maintain pressure on Trump by voting on two legislative proposals this week, one to reopen the government by 1 February, and a second one to reopen it by 28 February shall be.
MEP Nita Lowey of New York, the top Democrat in the Central Committee, said the bills offer "additional options" to end the closure and give lawmakers time to negotiate border security and immigration.
An important question is how long Trump is willing to insist in making concessions to the Democrats.
In the latest poll, a small majority of Americans oppose the building of a wall along the US-Mexico border – and few see the border situation as crisis – but opinions are predictably divided into partisanism.
Polls also show that Americans are more likely to condemn Trump for shutting down. A large majority of Democrats are responsible for Trump, while a slightly smaller majority of Republicans blame the Democrats. A modest part of the Republicans either blames Trump or says both sides are to blame.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll, released on January 13, found that 54 percent of Americans reject a wall at the border, while 42 percent express support for it. 87 percent of Republicans prefer the wall, compared with about 84 percent of Democrats.
AP authors Darlene Superville, Matthew Daly, Jonathan Lemire, Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro have contributed to this article.
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