Support For Border Wall Jumps As More Americans Blame Trump For Shutdown

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Almost 42 percent of subjects say they support a wall, which is up from 34 percent in January 2018.

Both polls found that a majority of Americans oppose Trump's desired wall, as well: 54 percent opposed it in the Post's poll and 56 opposed it in CNN's poll.

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has floated a plan for Trump to tap monies seized from drug cartels to pay for the construction of a border wall. Not only has GOP support increased, it has also hardened. The proportion of TSA workers on unscheduled leave on Saturday was 5.6 percent, compared with 3.3 percent on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said in a tweet.

Trump said on Fox News on Saturday night that he has an "absolute right to call a national emergency" over border security. Independents fix the blame squarely on the president and his party rather than on the Democrats, by 53 percent to 23 percent.

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On Monday the partial shutdown enters its 24th day.

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Trump threatened anew that the shutdown could continue indefinitely. As of this weekend, there is still no clear path ahead to end the shutdown.

Partisan differences also shape the choices ahead.

Graham says he thinks Trump is willing to accept the level of wall funding he is seeking, along with some immigration measures Democrats might accept, such as helping immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S.as minors.

Prior to making his statement, Graham, R-SC, along with Senate Republicans colleagues, attempted last week to integrate an "immigration fix" that included border wall funding in the legislation but Democrats failed to accept the compromise.

The shadow of the Mueller probe is likely to become a more pressing problem for the Trump administration and Republicans as the year progresses and the special counsel completes his work.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to explain why he thinks these stalled negotiations over border security funding will come back to haunt Democrats in 2020.

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Mr Trump has raised the stakes by threatening to declare a national emergency and circumvent Congress and get the money he needs.

The president faces sizable opposition from the public were he to do so.

Most Democrats say they agree on the need for border security, but say there is no national security crisis and believe a wall would be an impractical waste of money. But by a 2-1 margin, Americans oppose that idea (66 percent to 31 percent), with 51 percent saying they are "strongly opposed" to that tactic. However, two-thirds of Republicans would support the president's decision to use those powers. Just under a quarter label the current situation a crisis.

Senator Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, said on "Meet the Press" that Democrats have backed more funding for border security "over and over and over again". Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Trump is the one who is too stubborn to deal.

The president shot back in an interview with Fox News, blasting reports in the New York Times and The Washington Post that raised new questions about his interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and whether he had been working on behalf of the Russian government.

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