U.S. government shutdown hits record length with no end seen

Supporters of President Donald Trump react to protesters during Trump's Texas visit

JOEL MARTINEZSupporters of President Donald Trump react to protesters during Trump's Texas visit

Turning to Twitter on January 13 Trump again pushed for the wall and pointed to Democrats to join in on the talks. Building the wall was one of the U.S. president's key election pledges but Democrats are fiercely opposed to his plans.

Democrats say Trump shut the government in a "temper tantrum" by refusing to sign bipartisan funding legislation a year ago that did not include money for his wall. Then Republicans often called out Obama as overstepping his authority in using executive actions when Congress failed to act on White House priorities.

But Trump accused the Democrats of only wanting to score points against him with a view to the 2020 presidential elections.

Some US media reports suggested the White House was considering diverting some of the $US13.9 billion allocated previous year by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall.

"Put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table", Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on ABC's "This Week" show.

The federal government has entered Day 22 of a partial government shutdown, becoming the longest closure in USA history. Instead, McConnell last week vowed to stand with Trump in the wall debate, after the president met with all Senate Republicans and pleaded for party unity behind his wall quest.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, part of the GOP leadership, said at a forum Friday in Austin that the lawmakers "worked very hard to make sure that the victims of Hurricane Harvey - their concerns are addressed and Texas is able to rebuild". We're not going to stand here and be blamed for this.

He noted that while he is staying at the White House waiting for a continuation of negotiations, the Democrats are "are everywhere but Washington" and "having fun" while government employees are working without pay or are on furlough. "Many of our crimes, much - MS-13 comes through the border, drugs, a big proportion of the drugs from, you know, that we have from this country - in this country come through the border".

In Miami, an entire airport terminal will be closed this weekend because of a shortage of security workers. "Other presidents have called many national emergencies for things of lesser importance, frankly, than this, ' Trump said on Saturday night in a live telephone interview with Fox News" Jeanine Pirro.

Hillary Clinton weighed in on the partial government shutdown Saturday, telling supporters that "Americans can't afford another day" - as the Washington stalemate became the longest in history, eclipsing the record set in 1996 under President Bill Clinton, Hillary's husband.

If the shutdown continues for several months, as the president has threatened, 38 per cent of Americans say they would consider that a crisis, 41 per cent say it would be a serious problem but not a crisis, and 18 per cent say it would not be a serious problem.

"There is no indication from him that he would green-light us to vote for these bills after making that declaration", Meadows said.

Transportation Security Administration workers have gone without pay during the shutdown and some have responded by calling in sick.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. "They made a decision to enter the shutdown without a clear plan of how to get out from it".

He again attempted to gain support for the border wall, which was a key promise of his 2016 election campaign.

The current shutdown has affected some 800,000 U.S. workers, many of whom have been forced into unpaid leave - referred to as a furlough - while others have been forced to work without pay.

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