Most Americans blame Trump, Republicans for partial gov't shutdown

US President Donald Trump and others listen to a prayer during a meeting about border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House

Image Mr Trump held an immigration and border security meeting in the White House on Friday

Friday was the first payday of the year for such workers and contractors, some at home, some forced to work.

Amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, a majority say Donald Trump bears more responsibility for it than the Democrats in Congress, and the President's disapproval rating has climbed five points since last month, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. One notable detail is that, while Democrats are unified in their belief that Trump is to blame for the government shutdown (89 percent feel that way), Republicans are a bit more split (65 percent of Republicans blame congressional Democrats but 23 percent also blame Trump).

About a quarter of the federal government is still out of operation until a spending plan is agreed, leaving 800,000 employees unpaid.

One major airport, Miami International, will close an entire terminal this weekend because of a shortage of security agents caused by the shutdown. Ben Cardin of Maryland to guarantee back pay for federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown. -Mexican border would allow Trump to spend the $5 billion he wants for a wall without congressional approval - a move Democrats would be expected to immediately challenge in court.

Some Trump allies have been encouraging him to declare a national emergency and redirect other funds to begin building the wall. Among Republicans, 58 per cent both support the wall and say Trump should continue to demand funding, compared with 22 per cent who say he should compromise to end the shutdown.

The US government shutdown became the longest on record at midnight last Friday, when it overtook a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 under then President Bill Clinton.

Trump spoke after lawmakers had adjourned for the weekend, precluding any possible action until next week.

Trump has kept Washington on edge over whether he would resort to such a declaration, citing what he says is a "crisis" of drug smuggling and the trafficking of women and children at the border. Today, the shutdown will become the longest in USA history. That ended when congressional Republicans agreed to a short-term funding bill for closed agencies that was later extended.

FILE - Vice President Mike Pence, center, looks on as House Minority Leader, now Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and President Donald Trump argue during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington.

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After Pelosi said she wouldn't provide funding for a border wall even if Trump reopened the government, the president said "bye bye", in his words, and left the room - a signature negotiating tactic for the former real estate developer and reality TV show star.

As the shutdown drags into a fourth week, each side has blamed the other.

Congress says all affected federal workers will get back pay as soon as the shutdown is over, but that brings little assurance to those who have immediate expenses and little or no savings in case of an emergency.

Second, Democrats have said that wall funding will never be on the table, making a DACA deal unlikely.

According to the Associated Press, senior White House aide Jared Kushner - Mr Trump's son-in-law - is among those who have cautioned the president against declaring a national emergency.

"Let's give him time to think it through".

Democrats in Congress rejected Trump's request that legislation to fund the government include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the United States border with Mexico. The only option, Graham tweeted, was for Trump to "declare a national emergency NOW". But the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to consider the measures unless Trump agrees to sign them.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to clarify who is now in the White House with the president.

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