Trump ally urges president to reopen U.S. government

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The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in the history of the United States when the clock ticked past midnight on Friday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), a Trump ally and leader of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, on Thursday called such a declaration "inevitable".

"This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and to vote for money for the wall, the barrier, whatever you wanna call it, it's OK with me", Trump said during a White House roundtable on immigration.

In so doing, they put their party comrades in an extremely delicate position.

Trump indicated he was slowing what had appeared to be momentum toward the national emergency declaration as the way out of the stalemate.

But there was another election, in November, and the outcome of that is that Democrats now control the House and they refuse to give Trump money for a wall.

The newspaper went on to argue that Trump would be on sounder legal footing than his predecessor, former President Obama, was when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was implemented by executive order, but that the president should not use a national emergency to fulfill a "campaign promise".

During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged that Mexico would pay for the wall, which he says is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. Lindsey Graham tweeted after talks with Trump: "Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW".

"I tried to see if we could open up the government for a limited period of time to negotiate a deal", Graham said. The courts did not allow President Harry Truman to nationalize the USA steel industry during the Korean War.

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At this point, most Americans say they are not feeling the effects of the shutdown. Declaring an emergency could give the president access to many other powers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii who serves on the Judiciary Committee.

Replied Hoyer, "Oh no, I think there was an election, and he did raise that question".

"No one knows what he will do, and the president has not decided yet, so it keeps everyone guessing", explained one Republican close to the White House.

White House officials reportedly have been considering diverting unused money from the Army Corps of Engineers budget - specifically, $13.9 billion in emergency hurricane and wildfire relief funds allocated previous year for use in Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California - and from the military construction budget. "Build a wall now".

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".

Trump invoking a national emergency "might break an impasse and it needs to be broken one way or another", Shelby said as the Senate adjourned. He insisted that he had the authority to do that, adding that he's "not going to do it so fast" because he'd still prefer to work a deal with Congress. Among Republicans, 58 percent both support the wall and say Trump should continue to demand funding, compared with 22 percent who say he should compromise to end the shutdown.

"I have the absolute right to do it".