‘He Doesn’t Give A Damn’: Trump Holds Line On Shutdown

Fifty-one percent of Americans believe Trump "deserves the most blame", while 32 percent said the Democrats do.

Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S. -Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for a border wall after the latest negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands.

The pressure on Washington to strike a deal intensified Friday when most workers missed their paychecks for the first time. Trump, they argue, then would be able to tell his supporters that he did all he could to fight for the wall, even if his order is stalled or blocked by the courts.

President Donald Trump's insistence on obtaining full funding for his proposed wall along the southern border will officially result in the longest lapse in federal government funding in US history.

The president is requesting Congress to approve $5.7 billion to help fulfill a campaign promise to build a wall along the US southern border.

The White House has said the president's trip is created to allow him to meet with those individuals who are "on the front lines" of what they have called a "national security and humanitarian crisis". "I think a compromise is a win for everybody, otherwise, I can declare a national emergency".

Defense Department officials discussed the plan with Trump Thursday as he traveled to the southern border. The majority has also already been obligated - meaning that it has been spent or a contract has been signed and there would be penalties for cancellation.

Trump visited McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande on Thursday to highlight what he calls a crisis of drugs and crime along the border. Critics have said the move would be an unconstitutional abuse of emergency powers.

Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, a top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, said he has been hearing from lawmakers in recent days concerned that Army Corps projects in their states could be canceled or postponed.

The Independent San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has been critical of President Donald Trump's response to disasters in Puerto Rico.

"Siphoning funding from real disasters to pay for a crisis manufactured by the president is wholly unacceptable and the American people won't fall for it", she said.

  • Joey Payne