Trump feels shutdown pressure from Nancy Pelosi

Posted January 19, 2019

Multiple other polls show similar sentiments, including a Quinnipiac University finding that 61% of voters would support a bill funding new border security measures without funding a wall, including 36% of Republicans, 78% of Democrats and two-thirds of independents.

"I am running out of ideas", he said.

Trump was responding to Pelosi uninviting him to speak at the annual State of the Union address. According to surveys, most Americans give the President the blame for the Shutdown and not even a third of the Democrats.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump just wants to keep lawmakers in Washington until they can work out a deal to secure the USA border and fund ongoing government operations.

Sen. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, said he fully backed nixing the big speech.

Like it or not and whether he's right or wrong, Donald Trump's "we're building a wall" war cry is memorable and the Opposition has still not come up with anything remotely as catchy to counter it.

Officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized just days before the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, which is likely to mean bigger airport crowds. Donald Ritchie, former historian of the Senate, said that anytime a president comes to speak, it must be at the request of Congress. Trump could opt to deliver a speech somewhere else, like the Oval Office, but it would not have the same ritualistic heft.

Those arriving Wednesday for the midday meeting in the Situation Room included five freshmen, several of whom did not back Pelosi as speaker.

Mr. Trump said that his decision to ground Pelosi's trip was to ensure that she stay in the country to negotiate with the president to end the shutdown.

She imperiled his State of the Union address. "In light of the grave threats caused by the President's action, the delegation has chose to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights", Hammill said.

Democrats say they'll discuss border security once the government reopens.

"To have someone who has that kind of character running the country is an enormous problem at every level. but regardless of what the president's motivation is for this, one thing we are adamant about is we are not going to let the president of the United States tell the Congress, 'You can't do your oversight'".

The White House denied that the travel blockage was payback, but few bought the argument.

Pelosi and Trump are at an impasse over funding Trump wants for a U.S. -Mexico border wall, which Pelosi opposes.

"I know the ideological sort of corners of the caucus, and I don't sense that that's the mood of the caucus", said Rep. Mark Takano, California Democrat and the new chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say they are either "not too" or "not at all" confident that Trump is keeping his personal business interests separate from the decisions he makes as the president. "I think Republicans are getting the lion's share of the pressure".

Around 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without pay as the shutdown completes its fourth week. Trump has just forced 46,000 of the furloughed workers back to work, without pay, to tend to issues important to his Republican base and testing the established boundaries of a government shutdown.