Pres­i­dent urged to re­open gov­ern­ment,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Front Page - By Feli­cia Son­mez and Cat Zakrzewski

WASH­ING­TON — Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, R-S.C., said Sun­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump should agree to re­open the gov­ern­ment and con­tinue try­ing to ham­mer out a deal with Democrats on fund­ing his long­promised bor­der wall — but that the pres­i­dent should de­clare a na­tional emer­gency if no progress is made in three weeks.

In an ap­pear­ance on “Fox News Sun­day,” Mr. Gra­ham main­tained that Mr. Trump is not go­ing to give up on his de­mand for more than $5 bil­lion in fund­ing for a wall along the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der.

But he ar­gued that re­open­ing the gov­ern­ment and at­tempt­ing to find a leg­isla­tive so­lu­tion, then declar­ing a na­tional emer­gency if those talks don’t bear fruit, is the best way for­ward.

“I would urge him to open up the gov­ern­ment for a short pe­riod of time, like three weeks, be­fore he pulls the plug. See if we can get a deal. If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off. See if he can do it by him­self through the emer­gency pow­ers,” Mr. Gra­ham said.

Wait­ing three weeks would take the ne­go­ti­a­tions past Mr. Trump’s State of the Union ad­dress later this month.

Mr. 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!” He again sought to blame Democrats, who he said were “ev­ery­where but Wash­ing­ton as peo­ple await their pay.”

“I’m in the White House, wait­ing,” Mr. Trump said, ac­cus­ing Democrats of “hav­ing fun and not even talk­ing!”

Mr. Trump also sug­gested that he is open to in­clud­ing pro­tec­tions for “dream­ers,” who were brought to the coun­try il­le­gally as chil­dren, as part of a deal. But last week, Mr. Trump shot down a deal floated by Se­nate Repub­li­cans that would have in­cluded those pro­tec­tions, and he has re­peat­edly said that he plans to wait un­til the Supreme Court rules on the mat­ter be­fore seek­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with Democrats on it.

“Democrats are say­ing that DACA is not worth it and don’t want to in­clude in talks,” Mr. Trump said Sun­day. “Many His­pan­ics will be com­ing over to the Repub­li­can side, watch!”

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.

Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., said in a state­ment Sun­day that given Mr. Trump’s sug­ges­tion late last week that he does not im­me­di­ately plan to is­sue an emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion, “it’s time for Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell to bring up the House passed ap­pro­pri­a­tions bills that would fi­nally re­open gov­ern­ment.”

“As an equal branch of gov­ern­ment we have the au­thor­ity to over­ride the Pres­i­dent’s veto, if that’s what he chooses to do,” Mr. Manchin said.

Sen. Ron John­son, RWis., said on CNN that he would “hate to see” Mr. Trump de­clare a na­tional emer­gency to end to his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s stale­mate with Democrats over a bor­der wall.

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