This is the longest shutdown in US history
President Trump said he is not considering declaring a national emergency, which would to allow him to bypass Congress and obtain funding to build his long-promised border wall, but he maintained that he is legally able to do so.
"I'm not looking to call a national emergency. This is so simple we shouldn't have to. Now, I have the absolute legal right to call it. But I'm not looking to do that because this is too simple," Trump said.
He again blamed Democrats for keeping the government shut down
"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. The Democrats are stopping us and they're stopping a lot of great people from getting paid."
In a new CNN poll, a majority say Trump bears more responsibility for it than the Democrats in Congress.
President Trump, speaking to reporters moments ago, said he's unsure if Republican and Democratic lawmakers are close to a deal to reopen the government, while still demanding funding for border security.
"I don't know if we're close to a deal. It should be the easiest deal that I've ever seen. We're talking about border security — who can be against it?" Trump said.
Trump said the Democrats, who now control the US House, "need to do something." (Note: the House has voted to reopen IRS and other financial agencies, despite threats the Trump would veto the legislation.)
"Democrats need to do something. We need their votes. Otherwise we can't solve it. They now control the house. Let's say if they can lead,"
Negotiations to reopen the government have been stalled for more than three weeks. The key sticking point: Funding for President Trump's long-promised border wall.
Trump has repeatedly said that Republicans are unified on the shutdown.
But at least three Republican senators — all up for reelection — have suggested they would break with Trump and support appropriations bills that do not include funding for a wall.
Here's a look at those three:
The ongoing partial government shutdown became the longest government shutdown in US history on Saturday, when it entered its 22nd day.
The previous record dates back to the Clinton administration when a 21-day shutdown resulted from a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress that lasted from December 1995 to January 1996.
Today is not the 24th day of the shutdown, and there is still no end in sight to the current shutdown, which has impacted roughly a quarter of the federal government and hundreds of thousands of federal workers.
Here's a look at how other previous shutdowns stack up: