| In shutdown for week four, Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat, declaring he would "never ever back down."|
Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen the government for several weeks while negotiations would continue. He has however backed away from his threat to declare an emergency. Acting under an emergency order would set a very troubling precedent for executive power and would be challenged in the courts. The impact of the 25-day partial government closure was intensified. Some 800,000 federal workers missed paychecks on Friday, including air traffic controllers who are compelled to keep working.
|In line with polling done before Trump’s national address, four new polls show that Americans overwhelmingly blame Trump and Republicans for the partial shutdown. All polls show a majority of Americans do not support Trumps's wall nor his assessment that an emergency exists.|