Graham: Trump won't 'capitulate' on border, 'no end in sight' to shutdown

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE won't "capitulate" in his call for border wall funding, adding that there was "no end in sight" to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

"President Trump cannot and will not capitulate on his promise to secure the border," Graham, who has been leading negotiations to resolve the ongoing partial government shutdown, wrote on Twitter. "That includes walls and physical barriers where appropriate."


"Shutdown continues. No end in sight," he added. The shutdown, which entered its 20th day on Thursday, is the second-longest in U.S. history.

Graham in an earlier tweet chided Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (D-Calif.), saying he is "disappointed" to hear that she "refuses" to negotiate with Trump on border funding. 

The South Carolina Republican on Wednesday met with senior White House adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign MORE, as well as five other GOP senators, in an attempt to negotiate a deal that could end the shutdown. He said a deal could involve an agreement in which “the president gets his security funding and can add some things to the mix that would draw some bipartisan support." 

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' re-election would go well if she runs Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (R-Maine), one of the attendees, on Thursday told The Washington Post that the chances for a bipartisan immigration deal to end the shutdown are not high. 

Trump has been digging in on his demand for over $5 billion in border wall funding, while Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security measures — including reinforcement of existing walls and fences. Democratic leadership has opposed construction of any new physical barriers.

The president on Wednesday reportedly stormed out of a meeting at the White House to negotiate with Democratic leadership. On Thursday, Trump canceled his planned trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, citing Democrats' "intransigence on Border Security."

“I think the meeting was a set-up so he could walk out,” Pelosi said on Thursday.  

The longest government shutdown to date lasted 21 days between 1995 and 1996.