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Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown

Graham and other GOP leaders proposed to let congressional committees hammer out details for funding a border barrier while passing a separate bill to end the shutdown, but Trump shot down the plan, Politico reported. When Pelosi replied "no", Trump by his admission put his hands up in exasperation and said "bye bye". He said that "if for any reason we don't get this going" - an agreement with House Democrats who have refused to approve the $5.7 billion he demands for the wall - "I will declare a national emergency". Supporters have tried to convince him that an emergency declaration is the best option to end the shutdown and would give him political cover to reopen the government without appearing to be caving on his pledge. "We shouldn't have to", Trump told reporters.

Almost three-quarters of USA citizens surveyed said the prolonged impasse over whether to fund President Trump's wall on the border with Mexico is "embarrassing for the country", according to an NPR/Ispos Poll released Friday. That's according to a congressional aide and administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The White House has directed the Corps to review its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds earmarked past year by Congress, to see what money could be diverted to building a wall.

It was not clear what a potential compromise between the White House and Congress might entail.

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, the lawyers have so advised me", Trump said outside the White House.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: President Donald J. Trump debates with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during a meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office of White House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

That's the same length of time as the 21-day shutdown that stretched from December 1995 to January 1996 as a result of a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress.

As the shutdown drags on, Trump has repeatedly raised the possibility that he might declare a national emergency in an effort to secure funding for a border wall.

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