Government should reopen before emergency declared, Lindsey Graham says

US President Donald Trump and others listen to a prayer during a meeting about border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House

He claimed he saw a "fake news" report that the White House does not seem to have a plan for the shutdown.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told the West Block's Mercedes Stephenson that the three-week shutdown is a grudge match symbolizing the bigger ideological fight between Republicans and Democrats, but warned the country will face serious economic harm if it doesn't end soon.

Trump reminded that building a wall on the Mexican border was one of his main campaign promises.

On Sunday, he said he wants the Democrats to come back to the negotiating table.

President Donald Trump has said he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for his border wall as the partial USA government shutdown slipped into the record books.

Meanwhile, the Democratic-controlled House passed a series of spending bills to reopen shuttered parts of the government over the course of the week, but the legislation does not include any new money for a border wall. A majority - 53 percent - thought that Trump and Republican allies were more responsible, while 29 percent blamed Democrats.

A demonstrator holds a sign, signifying hundreds of thousands of federal employees who won't be receiving their paycheques as a result of the partial government shutdown, during a rally in Washington January 10, 2019. Trump said in a separate tweet.

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The emergency declaration would allow Trump broader discretion over redirecting federal funding, though using it for the wall construction would likely be challenged in court.

"That is not a historical claim that I think any president or any Congress should want to make", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on the shutdown becoming the longest ever in u.s. history.

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"There's a real risk for Democrats if they go out and they do something to help President Trump, that their own base is going to go after them", Gingrich concluded.

The government shutdown is now the longest in American history, with no apparent end in sight.

"I think I know this workforce", Johnson said.

"Nancy Pelosi says even if you open up the government we won't fund a wall", he told Fox News. "That's my recommendation", added Graham, who has publicly pushed Trump to use his authority to declare a national emergency to build the wall.

Graham said he planned to ask William Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general, during his confirmation hearing this week whether he trusted Mueller and his team to be fair and whether he saw any reason to fire the special counsel.

"More border security - let's have at it", Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States counterpart Donald Trump met at the G20 Summit in December.

Durbin said the shutdown will end "when the Senate Republicans say, 'We've had enough".

With the exception of certain local employees overseas, the rest are working without pay, like those tasked with supporting Pompeo's trip, which has thus far taken him to Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Bahrain, with additional stops to come.

It appears as though most Americans know which side of the political spectrum doesn't mind shutting down the government.

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