President Trump has rejected any proposals to reopen the government, wanting to resolve the issue of the wall before moving on to other business. The Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump said Monday he rejected a proposal from Sen. Lindsey Graham to temporarily end the ongoing partial government shutdown after many federal workers missed a paycheck Friday.
“That was the suggestion that Lindsey made. But I did reject it, yes. I’m not interested. I want to get it solved. I don’t want to just delay it,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.
Graham, a South Carolina Republican, publicly floated the idea during a Fox News appearance on Sunday. He previously met with Trump on Friday and unsuccessfully urged him to declare a national emergency to build a Mexico border wall without a specific congressional appropriation of funds.
Although Trump initially said he would be “proud” to shut down the government in a bid for border wall funds, he said Monday that Democrats were to blame for the more than three-week shutdown impacting about 800,000 federal workers.
Although President Trump’s popularity is taking a hit, the same can be said for Democrats. Without a wall, Trump would have a hard time winning his base in 2020 – for him, it’s a political life or death choice.