Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he does not have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in U.S. history when it entered its 22nd day on Saturday.
Press reports indicate that budget officials are planning for a shutdown that extends to the end of February, and Trump's argument for the border wall and a possible state of emergency to provide legal means to reprogram existing funds for barrier construction on the border, could form part of the State of the Union address scheduled for January 29.
Graham had earlier told reporters he would support Trump declaring an emergency in order to get the desired funds for dealing with what Trump claims is an immigration crisis on the southern United States border, voicing frustration that Democrats in the past had voted in favor of funding some barriers on the border yet have so far resisted Trump's demand.
If there's no deal at the end of that time, Graham says Trump would be free to take the more dramatic step of declaring a national emergency to build it.
"I'm not surprised he is where he is right now, I just think it's really bad for the country".
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In spite of Trump's claims to the contrary, it would appear that the President has no real plan beyond simply waiting for someone else to save him from himself.
"I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".
The Democrats, newly in control of the House of Representatives, have refused to cite fundamental opposition to Trump's anti-immigrant policies and the proposed wall in particular.
Trump has told advisers he believes the fight for the wall, even if he never gets money for it, is a political win for him.
But Trump said Friday that he wasn't rushing to use that option, which would be challenged in court and, if not overturned, establish a precedent expanding the power of future Democratic presidents. Trump has said he'll sign it.
Fifty-three percent in the national survey said that Trump and congressional Republicans are mainly responsible for the shutdown, while 29 percent blamed congressional Democrats, almost a 2-1 margin against the president and his party. The president has blamed Democrats for the stalemate. I will declare a national emergency.
The president is expected in the new week to sign legislation passed by Congress to provide back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who aren't being paid during the shutdown.
The increase in support is sharpest among Republicans, whose backing for Trump's long-standing campaign promise jumped 16 points in the past year, from 71 percent to 87 percent.