Shutdown enters day 23 with no end in sight

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President Trump claimed that Democrats said DACA protections were "not worth" giving into Trump's demands for a wall.

The White House's hope is that once lawmakers are at home this weekend and hear complaints about the shutdown from their constituents, they will be more open to negotiating when they're back in Washington on Monday.

On Saturday, the shutdown ran into a 22nd day, making it the longest government shutdown in USA history.

It also ignores the fact that democrats have pushed through spending bills - without funding earmarked for President Trumps southern border wall, an unworkable campaign promise he has refused to change course on - only to see Trump loyalist, Sen.

President Donald Trump has said he has "no idea" if he will be able to strike a deal with the Democrats for his border wall and end the longest U.S. government shutdown in history.

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he encouraged Trump during a telephone conversation Sunday to reopen government for a period of weeks to try to negotiate a deal with Democrats that would break the impasse.

The South Carolina Republican added in the interview that he spoke with the president shortly before his television appearance and told him he would support an emergency declaration.

What's new today The shutdown officially is the longest in United States history, eclipsing a 21-day closure that ended January 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton's administration.

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More Americans-54%-still say they oppose a border wall.

But federal employees - those on furlough and those who have remained on the job - still won't be paid until the shutdown ends.

Graham's comments are significant, given that he has been one of the president's biggest allies in Congress, steadfastly urging him not to back down on the wall or else risk an end to his presidency.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said there is an "ongoing crisis" at the border affecting all states, not just Arizona, and he called on Washington to fund a border wall to help stop it.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told the West Block's Mercedes Stephenson that the three-week shutdown is a grudge match symbolizing the bigger ideological fight between Republicans and Democrats, but warned the country will face serious economic harm if it doesn't end soon.

As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books, members of Congress had left town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void. On Friday, though, he said he wasn't rushing to use that option - which would be challenged in court and, if not overturned, establish a precedent expanding the power of future presidents who could include Democrats. Instead, McConnell last week vowed to stand with Trump in the wall debate, after the president met with all Senate Republicans and pleaded for party unity behind his wall quest. He will need Democrat votes, but as shown in the House, good things happen.

As a result, 800,000 federal employees - workers as diverse as FBI agents, air traffic controllers and museum staff - did not receive paychecks Friday. "I don't want to give them an easy way out". Today, 42 per cent say they support a wall, up from 34 per cent in January a year ago.

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