By JONATHAN LEMIRE, LISA MASCARO, JILL COLVIN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the partial authorities shutdown slipped into the report books, members of Congress had left city, no negotiations have been scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void.
The president did not tip his hand Saturday on whether he will move ahead with an emergency declaration that would break the impasse, release money for his wall without congressional approval and kick off authorized challenges and a political storm over using that extraordinary step. A day earlier, he stated he was not able to do it “proper now.”
Lawmakers are due again in Washington from their states and congressional districts in the new week.
Trump fired off a collection of tweets pushing back towards the notion that he doesn’t have a technique to end what turned the longest government shutdown in U.S. history when it entered its twenty second day Saturday. “Elections have consequences!” he declared, which means the 2016 election during which “I promised security and security” and, as a part of that, a border wall.
However there was another election, in November, and the consequence of that is that Democrats now management the House they usually refuse to offer Trump money for a wall.
Trump threatened anew that the shutdown might continue indefinitely. Later Saturday, he supplemented a day’s value of tweets by telephoning in to Fox Information Channel’s “Justice with Decide Jeanine” Pirro from the White House to proceed his public relations blitz for the wall. Pirro pressed Trump on why he had but to declare a nationwide emergency. He stated he’s giving Congress a chance to “act responsibly.”
Trump additionally stated he has “no concept” whether he can get a cope with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes spending money on an “ineffective, wasteful wall.”
The president is predicted within the new week to sign legislation handed by Congress to offer again pay for some 800,000 federal staff who aren’t being paid through the shutdown. Paychecks have been due Friday, but many staff acquired stubs with zeroes.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, touring Saturday in Abu Dhabi, claimed that morale is sweet among U.S. diplomats whilst many work with out pay. “We’re doing our greatest to ensure it doesn’t influence our diplomacy,” he stated.
Virtually half of the State Department staff within the U.S. and about one-quarter overseas have been furloughed through the shutdown. Excluding certain native staff abroad, the remaining are working without pay, like these tasked with supporting Pompeo’s journey, which has up to now taken him to Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Bahrain, with further stops to return.
An emergency declaration by Trump might break the stalemate by letting him use present, unspent money to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall, while not having congressional approval. Democrats oppose that step however may be unable to cease it. Many Republicans are wary, too.
However the administration has accelerated planning for it. Officers explored diverting cash from a variety of accounts, including $13.9 billion given to the Army Corps of Engineers after last yr’s deadly hurricanes and floods. That choice appeared to lose steam following an outcry.
Different prospects included tapping asset forfeiture funds, similar to cash seized from drug kingpins, in line with a congressional Republican not approved to speak publicly about personal conversations. The White Home additionally was eyeing army development money, another politically troublesome selection because it will take away from a backlog of lots of of tasks.
Trump has been endorsed by outdoors advisers to maneuver towards declaring a nationwide emergency for the “crisis” that he says exists at the southern border. This, as polls recommend Trump is getting a lot of the blame for the shutdown.
But some within the White House try to apply the brakes. Jared Kushner was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to his father-in-regulation that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better choice. A person conversant in White Home considering stated that in meetings this previous week, the message was that the administration is in no rush and needs to think about numerous choices. The individual was unauthorized to discuss personal periods and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Pelosi argued that Trump is merely making an attempt to steer attention away from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and other White Home problems. “This can be a huge diversion, and he’s a grasp of diversion,” she advised reporters.
Trump has advised advisers he believes the struggle for the wall, even when he by no means gets cash for it, is a political win for him.
A number of the outdoors advisers who want him to declare a nationwide emergency say it might have two advantages.
First, it will permit him to say that he was the one to act to reopen the federal government. Second, inevitable authorized challenges would send the matter to courtroom, permitting Trump to proceed the battle for the wall — and continue to excite his supporters — whereas not truly closing the federal government or instantly requiring him to start out development.
However while which may finish the standoff and permit Congress to move to other priorities, some Republicans consider such a declaration would usurp congressional energy and could lead on future Democratic presidents to make comparable moves to advance liberal priorities.
“Most conservatives want it to be the final resort he would use,” stated Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a pacesetter of the conservative Home Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump steadily. “But those same conservatives, I’m positive if it’s deployed, would embrace him as having finished all he might do to negotiate with Democrats.”
Related Press writers Catherine Lucey, Colleen Lengthy, Alan Fram, Lolita Baldor, Zeke Miller and Laurie Kellman in Washington and Matthew Lee in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.
For AP’s complete protection of the U.S. government shutdown: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown