WASHINGTON (AP)– With the federal government bogged down in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative repair and dug in for more fight, stating he would “never ever pull back.”

Trump rejected a tip to reopen the federal government for numerous weeks while negotiations would continue with Democrats over his needs for $5.7 billion for a long, impregnable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president also edged further far from the idea of trying to state a national emergency situation to circumvent Congress.

” I’m not seeking to call a nationwide emergency situation,” Trump said Monday. “This is so simple we should not have to.”

No fractures were evident in the president’s deadlock with legislators after a weekend without any negotiations at all. His rejection of the short-term choice proposed by Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham eliminated one path forward, and little else was in sight. Congressional Republicans were viewing Trump for a signal for how to move next, and Democrats have not budged from their refusal to fund the wall and their demand that he resume federal government prior to border talks resume.

The White Home has actually been thinking about reaching out to rank-and-file Democrats rather than dealing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to try and chip away at Democratic opposition to the wall. A White Home official stated plans remained in the works to call freshman agents, particularly those who initially did not support Pelosi’s quote for the speakership.

It doubted whether any Democrats would react to the invitation.

Individually, around a dozen senators from both parties met Monday to discuss escapes of the shutdown gridlock. Participants included Graham and Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., understood the group’s effort but added, “I would not go so far as to say he’s blessed it.” The odds of the group producing an actual option without Trump’s approval seemed slim. In the past, centrists of both celebrations banding together have hardly ever resolved major partisan disagreements.

Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill late Monday “dissuaded,” according to GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, as all signals pointed to a lengthy battle.

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the GOP chairman of the Appropriations Committee, compared the shutdown legend to the play “Waiting on Godot.”

” And Godot never ever appears,” Shelby stated. “We might be drawn-out here for a long time. There’s nobody on the horse coming to rescue us … that I learn about.”

Meanwhile, the effect of the 24-day partial federal government closure was intensifying around the nation. Some 800,000 federal workers missed incomes Friday, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unsettled bills, and about half of them were off the job, cutting off some services. Tourists at the Atlanta airport, the nation’s busiest, handled waits of more than an hour Monday as no-shows by security screeners skyrocketed.

Trump spent the weekend in the White House reaching out to assistants and lawmakers and tweeting strongly about Democratic enemies as he tried to make the case that the wall was needed on both security and humanitarian premises. He stressed that argument repeatedly during a speech at a farming convention in New Orleans on Monday, firmly insisting there was “no replacement” for a wall or a barrier along the southern border.

Trump has continued to insist he has the power to sign an emergency statement to deal with what he states is a crisis of drug smuggling and trafficking of women and kids at the border. However he now appears to be in no rush to make such a declaration.

Rather, he is concentrated on pushing Democrats to return to the negotiating table– though he left of the most recent talks recently– and took on the truth that a group of Home and Senate Democrats were on a retreat in Puerto Rico. Democrats, he argued, were partying on a beach rather than negotiating– though Pelosi and Schumer were not on the trip.

White Home officials cautioned that an emergency order stays on the table. Numerous inside and outside the White Home hold that it might be the very best alternative to end the budget plan standoff, resuming the federal government while allowing Trump to inform his base fans he didn’t cave on the wall.

However, some GOP lawmakers– along with White Home assistants– have actually counseled versus it, concerned that an emergency declaration would immediately be challenged in court. Others have actually raised issues about re-routing money from other jobs, consisting of loan Congress authorized for disaster aid. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have actually also alerted that acting under an emergency situation order would set an uncomfortable precedent for executive power.

For now, Trump apparently sees worth in his extended fight to meet a crucial campaign pledge, understanding that his advocates– whom he’ll need to end up in 2020 to win re-election– don’t desire to see him back down.

Trump was taking a large range of suggestions on both sides of the issue, including from his brand-new chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, senior assistant and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Rep. Mark Meadows, along with outside political advisors.

In your house, Democrats aim to keep the pressure on Trump by holding votes this week on 2 bills: one that would reopen the government till Feb. 1, and a second that would resume it up until Feb. 28.

Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the leading Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, said the bills provide “additional options” to end the shutdown and would offer legislators time for settlements on border security and migration.

A key question is for how long Trump wants to hold out in hopes of extracting concessions from Democrats.

Current ballot finds a minor bulk of Americans opposed to developing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border– and few see the scenario at the border as a crisis– but views are naturally divided by partisanship.

Surveys likewise show that Americans are most likely to fault Trump for the shutdown. A large majority of Democrats put duty on Trump, while a somewhat smaller sized majority of Republicans blame Democrats. A modest share of Republicans either hold Trump responsible or state both sides are at fault.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Jan. 13 discovered that 54 percent of Americans oppose a wall along the border, while 42 percent express support for it. Fully 87 percent of Republicans prefer the wall, compared to about as many Democrats (84 percent) who are opposed.


For AP’s total coverage of the U.S. federal government shutdown: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

AP Writers Darlene Superville, Matthew Daly, Jonathan Lemire, Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this post.

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