WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump Monday nixed a compromise floated by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that would have temporarily reopened the government as talks over a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border continued.
“That was a suggestion that Lindsey made but I did reject it, yes,” Trump said while departing the White House Monday. “I’m not interested.”
“I don’t want to just delay it. I want to get it solved,” Trump added.
Trump’s comments came on the 24th day of a partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.
House Democrats have passed multiple stopgap measures aimed at reopening the government, but Trump has declined to sign any legislation that does not include $5.7 billion for a barrier along the border, something Democrats have long balked at.
Graham has been publicly offering Trump advice throughout the partial government shutdown, initially advising the president against declaring a national emergency, then supporting it and then offering the temporary compromise during an appearance Sunday on Fox News.
While talking with reporters prior to leaving for New Orleans, where he addressed a farming convention, Trump said he is now unlikely to declare a national emergency. The president previously flirted with the controversial step to construct the wall without Congressional approval.
“I’m not looking to call a national emergency,” Trump said. “This is so simple. You shouldn’t have to.”