Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that President Donald Trump is ready to sign a deal with Democrats to reopen the government, as three new polls show that the GOP is taking the blame for the closure.
A Washington Post / ABC News poll showed that 53 percent say that Trump and the Republicans are guilty of closing, while 29 percent blames the Democrats and 13 percent say that both parties bear the same responsibility.
A CBS news / YouGov poll found similar results: 47 percent blamed the president, 30 percent blamed the Democrats, and 20 percent blamed them.
A CNN poll also found that Trump was to blame: 55 percent said he was responsible for the shutdown, while 32 percent blamed the Democrats and 9 percent blamed them.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said President Donald Trump is ready to make a deal with Democrats to reopen the government
Three new polls show that President Trump is blamed for the shutdown
But Graham tried to blame Democrats and said that Trump is ready to reopen the government, which is shutdown on day 24.
I just talked to him about half an hour ago. He said we had to close a deal, & # 39; said Graham on & # 39; Fox New Sunday & # 39 ;.
Legislators are scheduled to return Monday to Capitol Hill, although it is unclear whether that will be affected by the blizzard that Washington D.C.
None of the votes planned in the House or the Senate for Monday night are about reopening the government.
No meetings between the White House and the Democrats are planned after Trump left the room last week.
The President and Democrats have been in charge of financing his border wall. Trump wants the full $ 5.7 billion needed to build it, while the Democrats stick to the $ 1.3 billion that they have offered for border security.
The president has expressed his willingness to talk to Democrats and called Jeanne Pirro of Fox News on Saturday night to say that he is ready to work on the other side.
& # 39; It would take me 15 minutes to close a deal and everyone could get back to work. But I would like to see them behave responsibly and that they do not act responsibly, and that's it, & # 39; he said about the Democrats.
He also twittered on Saturday & # 39; I have a plan on the Shutdown. But to understand that plan, you should understand that I won the election and I promised safety and security for the American people. & # 39;
& # 39; Fox News Sunday & # 39; host Chris Wallace asked Graham what the plan of the president was.
"The plan is to close a deal", said the senator, who is a good ally of the president. & # 39; He is willing to do a wall plus in my opinion. & # 39;
Graham described a deal that he thought would get the president to agree: full funding for the boundary wall in exchange for protection for those in the deferred childcare program (DACA), in addition to protecting people with temporary protected status.
I do not want to speak to the president, I do not want to shut him up, but I am convinced that what I have described plus a few other things would be a deal that is acceptable to the White House and many Democrats. And I'm just so frustrated that we can not get into a room and hammer it out, "he said.
Democrats, however, have been strict in their attitude of no wall.
Trump has been equally determined that he will not sign legislation that finances the government without money for its border barrier.
& # 39; What should we do? Just admit? He will not admit, "said Graham.
Another Republican senator resounded the stubbornness of Trump and said that the easiest way to end the stalemate was to give the president the money for his wall.
"The simplest solution to shutdown, just give President Trump the money for his – the mandate he got from the American public," said Senator Ron Johnson on CNN & # 39; s & # 39; the Union & # 39 ;.
Democrats are now as responsible for the president as for the republicans.
Lawmakers have accused Trump of a "tantrum" & # 39; instead of negotiations with good faith.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine called for the opening of the government before the talks on the Trump border wall continued.
I will say this: we must first reopen the government. Why punish people who request food stamps because the president has anger? First open government, & # 39; he said on NBC & # 39; s & # 39; Meet the Press. & # 39;
And Senator Chris Coons criticized what he called the rapidly changing positions of Trump while the negotiations continued.
& # 39; I feel I signed up for the & # 39; Trump of the Day Club & # 39 ;, & # 39; he said on & # 39; Fox News Sunday. & # 39;
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said he counts on Republican senators to put pressure on Trump to sign legislation that the government opens.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said he counts on Republican senators to put pressure on Trump to sign legislation that the government opens
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine called for the opening of the government before the talks on the Trump border wall continued
I think it ends when the Senate Republicans say we have had enough. We will not stand here and will be blamed for this. We think the government should be opened. There must be timely negotiations on border security after the government is open, & # 39; he said on ABC & # 39; s & # 39; This Week. & # 39;
Support for building a boundary wall has increased over the past year, according to the Washington Post / ABC News poll.
The poll shows that 42 percent say they support a wall, compared to 34 percent last January, while 54 percent are against the wall, compared with 63 percent a year ago.
Trump spent a lot of 2018 on the campaign game for the interim election and he constantly discussed his need for a boundary wall. He argues that it is not only necessary to stop illegal immigration, but also to prevent drugs and terrorists from entering the country.
The facts and figures of the administration on this issue have been disputed.
And the opinion poll of CNN found a majority – 56 percent – against a wall, while only 39 percent preferred it.
But neither says they get approval for their treatment of the situation.
The CBS / You Gov survey found that 55 percent disapprove of the shutdown by Trump, while 46 percent disapprove of the treatment of the Democrats.