Trump To Demand Mexico "Crisis" Border Wall In TV Address Amid Shutdown

US federal budget deficits and government shutdowns since fiscal year 1989 US politics Trump shutdown wall

US federal budget deficits and government shutdowns since fiscal year 1989 US politics Trump shutdown wall

President Trump announced the speech on Monday afternoon, stating on Twitter: "I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border". But because they love the people on the inside. He asserted that "the only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimised".

The Democrats have "refused to provide our fearless border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation", he added.

"Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", Democrat leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement last night, even as various liberal quarters demanded that Trump's speech should be subjected to a delayed telecast to enable instant fact-checking given his propensity for lies and dissembling.

As seen from a window outside the Oval Office, President Donald Trump gives a prime-time address about border security.

As for congressional Republicans, the speech was a demonstration that Mr Trump is going to use every arrow in his presidential quiver to get his wall.

But the president stopped short of any declaration.

The ongoing partial shutdown may break the previous record of 21 days under the Bill Clinton Administration.

The partial shutdown started on December 22 when funding for many federal agencies expired and the US president refused to sign any spending measure from the Congress that did not include Dollars 5 billion for his US-Mexico border wall.

He will follow up with a rare trip to the Mexico border itself on Thursday.

Democrats have not requested a steel barrier.

A growing proportion of Americans blame Mr Trump for the government shutdown, although Republicans mostly support his refusal to approve a budget that does not include funds for the wall, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

The California congresswoman added: "And the fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government".

"The better he does with that, the better it helps us to get to where we need to go".

"If his past statements are an indication, (the speech) will be full of malice and misinformation", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the senior Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said in a statement.

Mr Trump said an as-yet-unratified revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement would pay for the wall, a claim previously disputed by economists.

Mr Trump has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to circumvent Congress and move forward with the wall.

Democrats have said the move would at a minimum mean presidential overreach, sparking court challenges to block the powers. But even if blocked, Trump could claim to his base that he had done what he could, while ending the damaging government shutdown.

Some Republicans voiced doubts about the tactic, with Senator John Boozman telling AFP there was "some controversy" over Trump's authority to declare an emergency. "The president has no authority to usurp Congress's power of the purse", House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from NY, said during a visit to the border on Monday.

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