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While declaring a national emergency is not completely off the table, Trump backed away from his threat Friday, saying he'd rather work it out with Congress. People close to the President said fears about a sharp backlash from lawmakers played a significant factor in this, despite Sen.

NBC News reported on Thursday that Mr Trump had been briefed on such a plan but the White House denied it.

In Miami, an entire airport terminal will be closed this weekend because of a shortage of security workers. Trump said in a post. Party leaders say they won't agree to fund any kind of wall or barrier between the United States and Mexico beyond what's already in place, and Trump insists he won't agree to reopen the government until the wall is funded.

Concerning the allocation of blame, 53 per cent say Trump and the Republicans are mainly at fault, and 29 per cent blame the Democrats in Congress. The poll finds that 42 per cent of Democrats who oppose the wall say congressional Democrats should refuse to budge even if it extends the shutdown; 37 per cent say they should compromise with Trump.

And according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted between January 8 and 11, 53 percent of Americans blame Trump and congressional Republicans for the shutdown, compared to 29 percent who blame congressional Democrats and 13 percent who blame both. "But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised safety and security for the American people".

As pressure to end the shutdown continues to mount, some Democrats have begun urging Senate Republicans to take up House-passed legislation to reopen the government, regardless of whether the president agrees.

The partial shutdown was triggered after a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government expired December 21.

Since that meeting both sides have blamed each other.

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An attempt Thursday by moderate Republican senators to broker a deal that would have traded immigration protections for undocumented "Dreamers" brought to the USA as children in return for wall money collapsed after Vice President Mike Pence rejected it.

Two-thirds of Americans - 67 percent - oppose the idea of Mr. Trump declaring a national emergency to pay for a wall if Congress doesn't fund one, a CBS News poll found. "I think he's got to do it".

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he encouraged Trump during a telephone conversation Sunday to reopen government for a short period to try to negotiate a deal with Democrats to end the impasse. "The FDA and Federal Bureau of Investigation warn of the harm to our food safety and national security", Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016, noted.

Concerns have been increasingly voiced by the general public, the Democrats, and even Trump's fellow Republicans that the cost of the government closure is already high.

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.

But the Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, are equally determined not to provide the money.

"The damage done to our Country from a badly broken Border - Drugs, Crime and so much that is bad - is far greater than a Shutdown, which the Dems can easily fix as soon as they come back to Washington!" he wrote Sunday morning.

Several government agencies are not receiving funding during the shutdown- including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Interior Department, the Agriculture Department, the State Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and a few smaller agencies- but these agencies are providing "essential" government services despite the lack of funding.

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