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Current shutdown breaks record for longest government shutdown in USA history

Current shutdown breaks record for longest government shutdown in USA history

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that more Americans blame Trump and Republicans in Congress for the shutdown than congressional Democrats.

"If we can't (get a deal) at the end of three weeks, all bets are off", Graham told "Fox News Sunday".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a leading Democratic negotiator, insists that Mr Trump reopen the government first.

Democrats have refused further negotiations until the government is reopened in a shutdown that became the US's longest in history over the weekend.

"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we're nearly there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal", said Graham, a South Carolina Republican. Earlier, Trump backed away from threats to declare a national emergency and build the wall with money appropriated from military, water management and disaster management funds, among other sources.

"Democrats could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes!" he said in one tweet, adding in another, "We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work". The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back.

An attempt Thursday by moderate Republican senators to broker a deal that would have traded immigration protections for undocumented "Dreamers" brought to the U.S. as children in return for wall money collapsed after Vice President Mike Pence rejected it. "If you think of some of the things they say and do, it's just kind of wonderful".

Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said there is an "ongoing crisis" at the border affecting all states, not just Arizona, and he called on Washington to fund a border wall to help stop it.

He tweeted Sunday that "The building of the Wall on the Southern Border will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!"

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"I'm not surprised he is where he is right now, I just think it's really bad for the country".

"I would hate to see it".

Democrats in Congress rejected Trump's request that legislation to fund the government include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the United States border with Mexico.

Trump has said that while he wants a broader immigration deal, he first wants to hear what the Supreme Court has to say about the group known as "Dreamers". Pelosi also has shown no interest in accepting a wall - she has called it an "immorality" - in exchange for immigration fixes.

In the Democrats' weekly address, Representative Scott Peters, who represents a district in San Diego County, California, outlined border security measures such as radar and surveillance via drones, and said "let's re-open the government and talk about these ideas". Roughly one-fifth of independents agree with Trump's characterization, and about half say things are serious but are not a crisis.

According to the Associated Press, senior White House aide Jared Kushner - Mr Trump's son-in-law - is among those who have cautioned the president against declaring a national emergency.

"How do you negotiate with the speaker of the house when she tells you even if you open up the government, we are not going to give you but $1 for the wall?"

Officials explored diverting money from a range of accounts, including 13.9 billion dollars given to the Army Corps of Engineers after last year's deadly hurricanes and floods, but that option appeared to lose steam following an outcry. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said in a separate appearance on "Fox News Sunday".