Trump Furious Over Dems 'Having Fun' Amid Government Shutdown

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Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said he was holding off on declaring a state of emergency to end the partial U.S. government shutdown that dragged into a 23rd day on Sunday (Jan 13), as he insisted on US$5.7 billion (S$7.7 billion) to build a Mexico border wall that congressional Democrats oppose.

Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he does not have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in USA history when it entered its 22nd day on Saturday.

President Donald Trump said yesterday he would not declare a national emergency "right now" to end a standoff over border security that has idled large swaths of the USA government, all but guaranteeing that he will preside over the longest shutdown in us history.

"Sarah St. Vincent, a surveillance researcher at Human Rights Watch, wrote on Twitter that "'more surveillance' has become the default answer to far too many hard policy questions".

Trump added: 'I haven't actually left the White House in months, ' with the exception of a Christmas visit to troops in Iraq and Germany.

It signalled a shift in his stance from a day earlier when he had said he was not ready to do it "right now".

Members of Congress are out of town, no negotiations are scheduled and President Donald Trump is tweeting into the void.

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"I do have a plan on the Shutdown", he said.

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.

In his nationally televised address he delivered from the Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump asserted that there is a humanitarian and security crisis at the border because of illegal immigration.

Of the 800,000 federal employees going unpaid, about 350,000 are furloughed - a kind of temporary lay-off - while the rest are continuing to work.

Many lawmakers spent the weekend in their home states - often hearing constituents' complaints about the shutdown - but will return to Washington on Monday. "I will declare a national emergency", Trump said.

The United States' President is refusing to approve a federal budget unless it includes funding for his promised wall along the border with Mexico, which the Democrats are refusing to do.

"I would consider DACA, but I think we'd complicate it", Trump told reporters during an impromptu gaggle on the South Lawn of the White House. In November, Trump claimed historic wins in the midterm elections even though Republicans lost control of the House.

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Federal workers who have been forced to work without pay have started going to the courts to challenge the shutdown. Declaring a national emergency over it with little information to suggest the security situation has dramatically changed could prove hard to defend in court.

"No, I would do it simultaneously, but I'd like to see them move fast", Trump replied.

Mr Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency, which would allow him to bypass Congress and build the wall.

On Friday, government workers missed their first payday of this shutdown.

To Peters, "that's not border security". "The Republican-controlled Senate and a handful of senators will make that decision".

Some in the White House argue that Trump's moves helped push his message.

The concerns raised were those who have to continue working may not have time to find a temporary job for supplemental income and might not have much in savings to get through the shutdown. Forty-eight percent of independents blame Trump, compared to 34 percent who blame congressional Democrats and 14 percent who blame both sides.

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Among Republicans, 58 per cent both support the wall and say Trump should continue to demand funding, compared with 22 per cent who say he should compromise to end the shutdown.

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