Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he ‘stokes fear'

Carla Harmon
January 9, 2019

In a Tuesday statement from Pelosi and Schumer, the Democratic leaders said, "Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President's expensive and ineffective wall".

Meanwhile, Pelosi and Schumer stood firm with their position that the government shutdown must end in order to continue talks about border funding.

ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox broadcasting, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and MSNBC will air the Democratic rebuttal to the address after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested an equivalent slot to the president's, reported The Associated Press. "The border wall would very quickly pay for itself", Trump said, adding that such a wall would be paid for indirectly by the the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation Tuesday night that a "crisis" at the U.S. -Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he's demanding before ending the partial government shutdown.

"Women and children at the border are not a security threat", she said.

Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has recently seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall.

Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration". I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers.

With his use of a formal White House speech instead of his favored Twitter blasts, Trump embraced the ceremonial trappings of his office as he tries to exit a political quagmire of his own making.

The administration is also at least talking about the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow Trump to move forward on the wall without Congress approving the $5.6 billion he wants. Trump initially vowed that Mexico would pay for the border wall.

The Democrats' remarks lasted just over four minutes, compared with more than nine minutes for Trump.

Schumer says, "American democracy doesn't work that way". The wall was one of Trump's highest-profile campaign promises and his performance on that issue could have a major impact on his 2020 re-election effort, while Democrats have made opposition to the proposal a cornerstone goal. Vice President Mike Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea.

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