Entering the 24th day of the partial government shutdown, some Republicans are wondering if President Trump will take advice offered by Senator Lindsey Graham.
While on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham suggested that Trump re-open the government, if just for limited time, giving one more chance for diplomatic negotiations on the wall.
“Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we are almost there, I would urge them to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug (to) see if we can get a deal,” Graham told host Chris Wallace.
Should those negotiations fail Graham concedes that Trump should follow through with declaring a national emergency. Graham is one of the only Republicans to endorse the plan as other members have shown distaste with the idea.
Yet this may be the only way to reach a resolution on the continued shutdown. Graham also indicated that he held no confidence that Democrats would make the concessions necessary to end the shutdown.
“Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House, said even if he [Trump] opened up the government, I’ll give you one dollar for the wall,” Graham said. “As long as that’s the case, we’re never going to get a legislative package, no matter what the Senate does.”