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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump declassification move unnerves Democrats Climate change is a GOP issue, too New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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 PelosiPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Hillicon Valley: Facebook won't remove doctored Pelosi video | Trump denies knowledge of fake Pelosi videos | Controversy over new Assange charges | House Democrats seek bipartisan group on net neutrality 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 KushnerTrump pushing for GOP donor's company to get border wall contract: report Trump family members will join state visit to UK Top Palestinian negotiator: Trump wants our surrender 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 CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights 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.