Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

New Poll Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Blame Trump More Than Democrats for Shutdown

New Poll Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Blame Trump More Than Democrats for Shutdown

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said Sunday that he backs the temporary opening of the government, now in day 23 of a partial shutdown.

Nine of 15 cabinet-level departments have been closed since December 22, after Trump refused to sign a stopgap spending bill that didn't satisfy his demand for at least $5 billion to fund a wall along the southwest border. "Walls Work!" Trump wrote, attributing the sentiment to John Jones of the Texas Department of Public Safety and tagging Fox News.

Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he doesn't have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in USA history when it entered its 22nd day Saturday.

The president is expected in the new week to sign legislation passed by Congress to provide back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who are not being paid during the shutdown.

According to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS between January 10 and 11, 55 percent of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown, while 32 percent blame congressional Democrats and nine percent blame both.

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. "That's why I'm depressed".

Senator Chris Coons, called Mr Graham's idea to reopen the government a "great place to start".

"That is not a historical claim that I think any president or any Congress should want to make", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on the shutdown becoming the longest ever in U.S. history.

Trump has insisted on funding for a wall that he says is aimed at stopping human and drug trafficking across the border, asserting that he will not sign a budget bill without funding for his promised wall. "They never got it done - I will".

House Democrats as well as a smattering of Republicans voted this week in favor of bills to reopen portions of the government.

Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers.

Mr Trump continued to blame Democrats for the impasse. Congress will return to session - and to efforts to end the shutdown - on Monday.

Trump spent a snowy morning in Washington tweeting about the wall.

Meantime, a separate poll by CNN showed Trump's disapproval rating among Americans had climbed by five points - to 57 per cent - in just a month, with just 37 per cent approving.

The US government shutdown is now officially the longest on record after 22 days elapsed without a funding agreement.

Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Trump has not given key Republicans enough room to negotiate and has not "allowed any win-win circumstance" as he continues to demand Congress appropriate money to pay for his proposed border wall with Mexico.

Johnson also suggested that Congress pass legislation to pay federal employees who are now working without pay.

"It is actually a national security crisis because of the people that are coming across", he said. 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.

Miami International Airport closed one of its concourses for half the day last Saturday.

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