TRUMP: "I'm not looking to call a national emergency…"
For weeks, President Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency if he can't cut a deal with Democrats over funding for his border wall…but with a partial federal shutdown now in its fourth week… on Monday, he appeared to back down…
TRUMP: "I'm not looking to call a national emergency. "I'm not looking to do that, because this is too simple. The Democrats should say, 'we want border security; we have to build a wall otherwise you can't have border security' and we should get on with our lives…"
Trump's decision to hold off on declaring an emergency comes as a relief even to some of his own Republican supporters - \
But the move does nothing to break the stalemate with Democrats …or alleviate the growing pain inflicted on some 800,000 federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay….
Trump is sticking to his demand that Democrats, who now wield power over the federal purse in the House of Representatives, give him 5.7 billion dollars for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in exchange for re-opening the government…
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has proposed reopening the government for three weeks while talks resume…giving Trump the option of a emergency declaration later… …but Trump on Monday rejected that idea.
Alternatively, Trump could take the 1.3 billion dollars the Democrats are offering NOW and push off the wall fight until 2020, making it a central issue once again in the presidential race.
In the meantime, 800,000 federal workers are forced to go without pay…and the public made to forgo key government services.
Later on Monday, Trump will be in Ne Orleans to address a national meeting of US farmers - a key bloc of his supporters who have been hard-hit by the shutdown..
As subsidy payments and other federal aid are delayed indefinitely.