NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high amid a long government shutdown over Congressional Democrats’ rejection of his call for over $5 billion to build a wall along the border with Mexico aimed at stopping illegal immigration.
The CBS News poll showed that 66 percent of respondents want Trump to agree to government spending legislation without wall funding, compared to 52 percent who would like to see congressional Democrats accept a measure that includes funding for the structure.
Forty-three percent of respondents support the Democrats’ refusal to fund a border wall, according to the poll, while 31 percent back Trump’s stonewalling of any proposal that does not contain wall funding.
The poll found that 37 percent believe a wall is necessary to secure the U.S.-Mexico border from illegal immigration, while 61 percent indicated the border can be secured without it.
Those responses were split along partisan lines, with 78 percent of Republican respondents saying a wall is needed, and 90 percent of Democratic respondents saying it is not needed. Trump’s demand for funding for his long-promised wall along the southern border triggered a partial government shutdown that has left roughly 25 percent of federal agencies closed for 33 days and counting.
The Senate is set to vote on the president’s proposal to reopen the government, which includes $5.7 billion for wall construction, as well as temporary protection for certain immigrant groups. The Senate will also vote on a measure that would fund the government into February.
The Democrat-held House of Representatives has already passed bills to fund the government. Neither measure is expected to receive the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate, raising the prospect that the shutdown stretches into February.
Govt to continue efforts for curbing terrorism: Shireen
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari Tuesday said the government would continue its efforts to eradicate terrorism and the assertions made by leaders of opposition parties about statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan, were misleading.
Speaking in the National Assembly, she said Pakistan and Iran agreed to boost efforts to curb the menace of terrorism during the PM’s visit to the brotherly country.
She said the statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan in Iran had been been distorted since it was not properly quoted.
She criticized the opposition for quoting the Prime Minister out of context.
She said nobody could deny the past terror incidents in Pakistan and Iran.
She pointed out that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was invited to Pakistan during the tenure of past government and secret negotiations were held with the Indian National Security Adviser in Murree.
She was responding to a statement made by Pakistan Muslim League (N) legislator Khurram Dastagir in the House.
Bilawal’s political film flopped before release: Firdous
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday said that Bilwal Bhutto Zardari’s ‘political film’ has flopped even before its release.
Responding to a tweet of Bilawal, she said that Pakistan Peoples’ Party was facing extinction even in Sindh and such hue and cry could not keep the dying politics of the party alive for long.
She said that Imran Khan in Tehran had referred to financial and economic cooperation among the states but the Opposition was trying to use it for political point scoring which was highly regrettable.
Alluding to the corruption and money laundering of Asif Zardari and his cronies, she said that when a person gets admission in Oxford University on money looted from national exchequer, he could not see the corruption of his father, aunts and uncles.
She also reminded Bilawal that he got educated in Oxford on the money of the poor people of Pakistan.
Bilawal takes jibe at PM Imran over Germany, Japan border statement
KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Tuesday took a jibe at Prime Minister Imran Khan for his remarks regarding the border of Germany and Japan.
The PPP chairman took to Twitter and wrote that it is embarrassing to hear our premier thinks Germany and Japan share a border. This is what happens when universities like Oxford let people in just because they can play cricket, he added.
😳 our Prime Minister thinks that Germany & Japan share a border. How embarrassing, this is what happenes when you @UniofOxford let people in just because they can play cricket. https://t.co/XJoycRsLG9
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) April 23, 2019