Scripted Trump does little to convince skeptics on border wall

President Trumps says if he doesn't get a border wall he will declare a national emergency to build a border wall

President Trumps says if he doesn't get a border wall he will declare a national emergency to build a border wall

"Like they've done with other presidents in other times, the networks should refuse to turn over the airwaves to Donald Trump tonight for what they know objectively to be a steady stream of lies", MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said on "Morning Joe" Tuesday. He says it strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.

Meanwhile, broadcasters announced Tuesday morning would carry the Democratic response, which will be delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who have they anticipate, based on Trump's past statements, that Trump's speech will be "full of malice and misinformation". Sanders said Trump "lies all the time", citing the president's assertions that Mexico would pay for the wall and his claims about the number of terrorists and amount of illegal drugs flowing across the border.

Wallace replied that it would but this would not be enough because the Democrats still won the House in the midterms with the border wall being Trump's main issue.

The debate over funding for the barrier has been at the center of a partial federal government shutdown. He also suggested that his proposal to build the wall from steel, rather than concrete, was a concession to Democrats. Vice President Mike Pence met privately with House Republicans, urging them to "stand strong" and insisting the White House wants to negotiate, according to people familiar with the conversation.

The new House Democratic majority is promising to do something the party avoided when it last controlled the levers of power in Washington: pass gun legislation enhancing background check requirements for all gun purchases.

"As for the trade deal he mentioned with Mexico, which he said would pay for the wall, that trade deal is not yet complete".

And, as for the rebuttal from Democrats, Jacobs says, it's pretty much the same story.

"We don't govern by temper tantrum", Schumer of NY said moments later. "I think that money could go towards education or towards veterans".

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