Don­ald Trump urged: Re­open gov­ern­ment

The Freeman - - WORLD -

Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, R-S.C., who is close to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, says he's been push­ing the pres­i­dent to re­open the gov­ern­ment for a few weeks to con­tinue ne­go­ti­at­ing with Democrats over fund­ing for a bor­der wall be­fore by­pass­ing Con­gress and declar­ing a na­tional emer­gency.

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

Cana­dian air traf­fic con­trollers are buy­ing piz­zas for their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts in Salt Lake City, Utah, and An­chor­age, Alaska, as a show of sup­port. Some 10,000 air traf­fic con­trollers in the U.S. have been work­ing without pay since Dec. 22.

A ter­mi­nal at Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Air­port is set to re­open Mon­day after be­ing closed at times over the week­end due to a shut­down-in­duced staff short­age. Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion agents have been call­ing out sick to protest not be­ing paid for their work.

"It's one-tenth of 1 per­cent of the fed­eral bud­get. If we can­not do this to­gether, what else can we not do in the fu­ture? This is not that big of a prob­lem." — House Repub­li­can leader Kevin McCarthy of Cal­i­for­nia to CBS' "Face the Na­tion" on the $5.7 bil­lion Trump wants for the U.S.- Mex­ico bor­der wall.

"I think it ends when the Se­nate Repub­li­cans say we've had enough. We're not go­ing to stand here and be blamed for this. We be­lieve the gov­ern­ment should be opened. There should be timely ne­go­ti­a­tions on bor­der se­cu­rity after the gov­ern­ment is open." — Se­nate Demo­cratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to ABC's "This Week."

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump leads a round­table dis­cus­sion on bor­der se­cu­rity with lo­cal lead­ers, in the Cab­i­net Room of the White House in Wash­ing­ton.

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