Americans Blame GOP and Trump for Government Shutdown, Poll Says

Trump's statements came a day after some 800,000 federal employees missed an expected paycheck and after he tamped down speculation that he might declare a national emergency to begin construction on his wall and break the impasse. Later Saturday, he supplemented a day's worth of tweets by telephoning in to Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Pirro from the White House to continue his public relations blitz for the wall.

A demonstrator holds a sign signifying hundreds of thousands of federal employees who won't be receiving their paychecks as a result of the partial government shutdown during a "Rally to End the Shutdown" in Washington, US, Jan. 10, 2019.

Many Republicans doubt that the invocation of a national emergency would help their cause - likely influencing Trump's decision Friday to say he was holding off in order to give Democrats more time to strike a deal. "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off".

Trump demands Congress approve $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall with Mexico.

"I would actually say I would. because I'm allowed to do it", he told Fox News on Thursday. The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back. It would take me 15 minutes to get a deal done, and everybody could go back to work. 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.

But Trump accused the Democrats of only wanting to score points against him with a view to the 2020 presidential elections.

Pirro also questioned Mr Trump about a New York Times report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an inquiry into whether the president was secretly working for Russian Federation. Chris Coons, D-Del., called Graham's idea for a brief reopening of the government a "great place to start".

US President Donald Trump attends a round table discussion on border security with local leaders Friday in the Cabinet Room of the White House.

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. Pelosi also has shown no interest in accepting a wall - she has called it an "immorality" - in exchange for immigration fixes.

The Washington Post reports that Americans are nearly evenly split on whether they support a solid wall along the United States' southern border, up from the beginning of the immigration battle between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

Scaramucci said the fact the president made a pledge to build a wall the cornerstone of his campaign explains why he is "obsessed" with the plan now and described the fight as "an ego grudge they have to figure out a way to put aside".

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. By Friday, lawmakers said they were being told those projects will not be touched and the White House was now looking for other funds to pay for the border wall. People are working without paychecks and key agencies have stopped functioning, all while President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro hits Trump in campaign launch: "A crisis of leadership" Center stage once again: Colin Powell's United Nations speech in "Vice" Julián Castro announces 2020 White House bid, swipes at Trump MORE and the Democrats remain in a standoff over his unrelenting demand for $5 billion to build a border wall.

"It's the last option, not the first option, but we're pretty close to that being the only option", Graham said of an emergency declaration. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who said he believes that Democrats have no intention of making a deal.