The "shutdown" which has partially paralyzed for almost three weeks the federal administrations of the United States has become the longest in their history in the night from Friday to Saturday.

The record was broken Friday night at 00H00 (05H00 GMT Saturday), surpassing the 21 days of "shutdown" during the Clinton era in 1995-1996.

The suspense was slim, Donald Trump assured Friday not wanting to declare "so quickly" the national emergency procedure and the Senate has suspended its session until Monday.

No compromise could be found between the Republican president who calls for $ 5.7 billion to build his wall anti-migrants on the border with Mexico and the Democrats, fiercely opposed to the project deemed "immoral", expensive and ineffective for fight against illegal immigration.

"The national emergency", an easy solution for Trump

"The easy way out for me is to declare a national emergency," but "I'm not going to do it so fast because it's up to Congress to do it," the White House tenant said on Friday. round table on border security.

"What we are not trying to do for now is the national emergency," he also said after days of speculation on the use of such a procedure, conferring exceptional powers on the president. To use such a prerogative would, of course, plunge the country into a politico-judicial storm.

In Congress, no compromise on the horizon and the Senate suspended its meeting Friday early afternoon. He will not meet again until Monday.

The consequences are very real. For the first time Friday, the 800,000 federal employees affected by the "shutdown" will not receive their salary.

Since December 22, half of them deemed "non-essential", have been placed on unpaid leave, while the other half have been

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