Trump to `address nation` on border crisis

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walk from the West Wing to speak to reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about border security in the Situation Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Washington.

President Donald Trump will make his case to Americans on Tuesday that a "crisis" at the USA border with Mexico requires a wall in a prime-time address aimed at building support for a campaign promise that has sparked an 18-day government shutdown. That news prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to demand equal air time to respond - something that is only done during State of the Union addresses from presidents. For hours, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and CNN had internal debates on whether to air the address to the nation.

One student, assuming the quotes came from Trump, said "the way he's referring to people across the wall is dehumanizing". That's because of stats like those compiled by the Washington Post's Fact Checker team: the president, through December 31, Trump has uttered 7,645 false or misleading statements.

The acting director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, Russ Vought, said tax refunds would be distributed despite the shutdown.

For weeks, the White House and congressional Democrats have been in a stalemate as the federal government remains shutdown.

Shortly after Sanders' tweet, Trump took to Twitter to announce his Tuesday primetime speech on border security.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly rejected Trump's demand that 5.6 billion USA dollars be added to the 2019 budget to fund the border wall.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, on January 4.

"We believe we can solve this through the legislative process", he told CBS, urging Democrats to negotiate.

But, his re-election campaign is fundraising off the address, in which he will discuss the border "crisis" and his government shutdown. "It's a national emergency", President Trump said on Sunday, as he spoke about his deliberations.

"We can not keep our country safe without adequate funding for Border security, including a physical barrier and increased in funding for law enforcement", the release said.

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. He now joins former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama in either refuting Trump's claim or denouncing his demands for the wall. As of Monday, every living president has said otherwise. He said the White House ignored those statistics when issuing the updated request.

But Trump and the Transportation Security Administration pushed back on any suggestion that the call-outs represented a "sickout" that was having a significant effect on US air travel.

"Maybe he thinks he can bully us".

Federal employees will feel the pinch from the shutdown on Friday, when they will miss their paychecks for the first time, unless a deal is reached.

  • Gwendolyn Kim