Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

President Donald Trump told a White House meeting with state and local officials he was not about to declare a national emergency to fund his controversial border wall project

An effort by GOP senators led by Graham for a compromise deal that provided both border wall funding as well as immigration provisions appealing to Democrats stalled on Thursday as the President was not in favor, according to two people directly involved. Today, 42 percent say they support a wall, up from 34 percent last January. Fifty-four percent of Americans oppose the idea, down from a high of 63 percent in 2018.

Trump continued making his case for the wall in Sunday morning tweets, arguing that it "will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!"

One close Trump ally, Republican Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, said Friday that he believed Trump was getting closer to declaring an emergency. Thirteen percent say both sides bear equal responsibility for the shutdown.

But most lawmakers left town on Friday and will not return before Monday, leaving little chance for any solution to the stalemate before then.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocked the president as she told reporters it was up to Trump to make the next move.

Democrats and the president remain at loggerheads. The president's disapproval rating is now 57 percent and his approval rating stands at 37 percent.

The deep partisan divide over who bears responsibility for the partial shutdown and over the wall itself is likely to have contributed to the length of the standoff.

And, Trump, who was holed up in the White House as snow blanketed Washington on Sunday, appeared to shoot down Graham's suggestion of a "wall plus" deal, saying on Twitter that even Democrats don't want to make "Dreamers" part of the negotiations. Will the shutdown end this week?

At this point, most Americans say they are not feeling the effects of the shutdown.

Partisan differences also shape the choices ahead.

Graham has been among the most outspoken Republicans pushing Trump to use his authority to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and build the wall by tapping unspent money sitting in various government accounts, including for military construction and disaster relief.

Meanwhile, Democrats remained resolute that Trump and Republican lawmakers should end the shutdown before rejoining the debate over how to best secure U.S. borders and reform immigration laws.

"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 shutdown enters its fourth week next week, with Trump's threat to declare a national emergency still on the table.

The president faces sizable opposition from the public were he to do so. But 79 percent said it would be a serious problem or a crisis if it were to continue for months. Just under a quarter label the current situation a crisis. "It's not keeping people out ... it's to bring people to the global ports of entry so undocumented people become documented and it's to thwart the cartels and their ability to be uninterrupted, bringing narcotics that kill our people".

Trump described an emergency declaration as the "easy way out" and said Congress had to step up to the responsibility of approving the $5.7 billion he says is needed. The Post-ABC News poll randomly sampled 788 Americans via landline and cell phones.

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