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Trump's speeches have sparked protests from opponents

Trump reportedly has nothing on his schedule for Sunday that indicates any movement on his battle over funding his wall that has idled over 800,000 federal workers, as he has spent the weekend tweeting at Democrats that he is sitting in the White House alone and waiting.

A union that represents thousands of air traffic controllers sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, saying it had violated federal wage law by failing to pay workers.

Republicans, Democrats and the president seemed to be preparing for the prospect that the special counsel's inquiry into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation could further upend a government that's in the midst of the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

Graham has been among the most outspoken Republicans pushing Trump to use his authority to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and build the wall by tapping unspent money sitting in various government accounts, including for military construction and disaster relief.

"It will only take another two weeks to cost the United States economy more than the $5.7 billion that the White House requested", Ann Bovino, S&P's chief USA economist, said in a note on Friday as cited by media.

Analysts say the national emergency move would provide political cover to reopen government while allowing Mr Trump to argue he has done all he can to fulfil his campaign promise.

"If they can't do it. I have the absolute right", he insisted.

A key question is how much more time is Mr Trump willing to give Congress. Mr Graham, who said he and Mr Trump talked by telephone on Sunday morning, said the legislative path "is just about shut off" and blamed Ms Pelosi.

Only minutes earlier, powerful Republican ally Sen.

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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently, said that unless Republicans and Democrats strike an unlikely compromise, "I fully expect him to declare a national emergency".

A predictable partisan divide shapes the blame game, with 85 percent of Democrats citing Trump and Republicans as the cause and 68 percent of Republicans pointing the finger at congressional Democrats.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican frontier presents major challenges, ranging from the hyper-violent Mexican drug trade to the plight of asylum seekers and poor migrants seeking new lives in the world's richest country. The president also expressed misgivings about his visit to the border, believing it would do little to change anyone's mind.

Floodlights from the U.S, illuminate the border wall, topped with razor wire, as a people pass Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at the beach in Tijuana, Mexico.

Indeed, the White House has already signaled a veto on the kinds of bills House Democrats powered through their chamber last week.

"This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and to vote for money for the wall, the barrier, whatever you wanna call it, it's OK with me", Trump said during a White House roundtable on immigration.

"But we've been put into this position", he said.

Meanwhile, President Trump continued to press his case for building a wall, tweeting that "our Country can not be safe" without it.

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