Transcript for Signs GOP support is cracking amid government shutdown
government shutdown. Absolute stalemate. President trump is going to head to the border to make his case. The scene in McAllen, Texas, where the president is going to tour this afternoon. The president is headed there as the government shutdown enters day 20 which is one day away from matching the longest shutdown on record. Yeah, and what happens next could depend on a very small group of Republicans and whether they decide to go against the president. Our senior national correspondent Mary Bruce has more on that from capitol hill. Mary, despite the president's insistence his party is unified over the shutdown this morning there are cracks in the ranks? Reporter: The president is adamant the party backs him repeatedly stressing on the hill there is no wavering but this morning there are signs of the GOP support is splintering, at least four moderate Republicans are uneasy suggesting they want to re-open the government with or without the funding for the president's wall and brought some of their concerns to the president but it is clear the president isn't budging. These senators did huddle late yesterday with many so of their Republican colleagues and Jared Kushner to see if they can come up with some kind of compromise to get bipartisan support but these are just discussions right now and so far the Republican leader in the senate Mitch Mcconnell is insisting he will not bring up any measure to fund the government unless he is certain the president is on board. Democrats ramping up the pressure on Mcconnell. There seems to be no end in sight and the president, it seems, is leaning closer to declaring the national emergency now. Reporter: There is one more card the president could play. He could declare that national emergency which would allow him to go around congress and use military funds to build his border wall. We know the white house is looking into this option and the legal ramifications of all of this but here on the hill it is a highly divisive idea even within the Republican party and some 69 president's top allies don't know if it's legal and would be challenged in the courts. A way the president could claim a political win while coming up with a way to re-open the government. Division in the administration as well. Okay, Mary, thanks.
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