Gra­ham urges Trump to re­open gov­ern­ment for a few weeks

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

A Repub­li­can law­maker ad­vis­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he is en­cour­ag­ing the pres­i­dent to re­open the gov­ern­ment for sev­eral weeks to con­tinue ne­go­ti­at­ing with Democrats over fund­ing for a U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der wall be­fore the pres­i­dent takes the more dras­tic step of declar­ing a na­tional emer­gency.

But that may be wish­ful think­ing, given that Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham also says Trump still wants to reach a deal for the wall be­fore agree­ing to re­open shut­tered gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. Demo­cratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in­sists that Trump re­open the gov­ern­ment first.

The weeks- old stand­off over fund­ing led to the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down that hit day 23 on Sun­day.

“Be­fore he pulls the plug on the leg­isla­tive op­tion, and I think we’re al­most there, 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,” said Gra­ham.

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