Trump to Deliver Primetime Address on Border Security as Shutdown Continues

Saul Bowman
January 8, 2019

President Trump announced Monday that he would "Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. More details will be announced soon", Sanders tweeted.

Donald Trump remained resolute in his demand for funding for a border wall on Sunday as negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, to strike a deal and reopen the U.S. government, stalled.

Democratic lawmakers are refusing to negotiate with the White House over funding for a proposed wall along the USA southern border unless the government is reopened, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Monday in a briefing at his ceremonial office.

But the Democrats have made clear they see a wall as immoral and ineffective and prefer other types of border security funded at already agreed-upon levels.

If the White House and Congress do not strike a deal by this week's end and the government shutdown continues on Saturday, it will become the lengthiest shutdown in United States history.

Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told NBC's Meet the Press that he believes Democrats "think they're winning the PR battle and they're willing to drag this out because they think it hurts the president".

Trump reaffirmed that he would consider declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress and spend money as he saw fit.

"Pence told reporters he met with the Democratic congressional leaders" senior staffers throughout the weekend and was told simply that they would not have a negotiation if the government remained partially closed.

Also, on "This Week", Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said of the possible national emergency declaration that "nobody wants to invoke it", but the border wall issue is "completely captive" to congressional Democrats.

Newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.

A section of the reinforced U.S. -Mexico border fence on the Otay Mesa area, San Diego County, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 6, 2019. About 800,000 government workers are either furloughed or working without pay. FiveThirtyEight notes that polling related to government shutdowns generally has no lasting effect on presidents or Congress.

Pence said Trump also invited Democrats back to the White House to respond to its latest proposal to resolve the standoff over legislation to fund the government. "They always do. People understand what's going on". A day earlier, the president had tweeted that he didn't care, adding that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats".

The Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum is seen shuttered during the partial government shutdown, January 4, 2019, in Washington.

Trump's fellow Republicans control the US Senate but are short of the 60 votes needed to pass budget laws, so some Democratic support will be needed for any move to end the impasse.

With the talks stalled, Pelosi, a California Democrat, said House Democrats meant to start passing individual bills to reopen agencies.

"Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen".

Mr Trump has argued the wall is necessary for national security and has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan.

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