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Democrats want a shutdown to 'change the subject' from scandals, says Trump

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President Trump on Sunday accused Democrats of trying to interrupt bipartisan talks on the wall and border security issues, saying they want another government shutdown to change the "subject."

The New York Post reported that the Border committee, comprising of a panel of 17 members, is working against a February 15 deadline in order to come up with a spending plan and stop the Federal government from shutting down once again this year.

"It was a very bad week for the Democrats, with the GREAT economic numbers, The Virginia disaster and the State of the Union address. Now, with the terrible offers being made by them to the Border Committee, I actually believe they want a Shutdown. They want a new subject," Trump tweeted.

"I don't think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!" the President added.

President Trump had demanded USD 5.6 billion in funding to build a wall along the Mexican border. However, Senators floated a negotiable amount between USD 1.3 billion and USD 2 billion.

Last week, Trump signed the short-term spending bill, bringing to an end the 35-day partial government shutdown, without getting new funding for the proposed wall.

The stopgap bill, which includes an extension of border-security funding at the current level, was passed by a voice vote by the Senate and House of Representatives.

The US President also declared through his official Twitter account that declaring a national emergency is an option for him to build the border wall if the Congressional budget negotiations to reach a border security deal came to a halt.

"President is on sound legal ground to declare a National Emergency. There have been 58 National Emergencies declared since the law was enacted in 1976, and 31 right now that are currently active, so this is hardly unprecedented," Trump said.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 05:19 IST