Trump not expected to declare border national emergency in speech

Oscar Cross
January 9, 2019

"Yes, they absolutely work", Morgan said, noting that before Trump became president, increased border security measures enjoyed bipartisan support. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats should be given "equal airtime" as the president. For hours, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and CNN had internal debates on whether to air the address to the nation.

As others have pointed out, both President Obama and President Clinton had big prime-time addresses ignored by the networks when they were deemed insufficiently newsworthy.

Trump's opponents have urged television networks to be aggressive in fact-checking any false statements.

On Monday night the president announced he would address the nation to discuss the "humanitarian and national security crisis".

Trump could opt to use his Oval Office talk to target Democratic senators who are gearing up for potentially tough re-election fights in 2020, such as Alabama's Doug Jones, New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen and Minnesota's Tina Smith.

With Trump, there were other factors to consider, including his record of deception and his tendency to ramble off script in long speeches.

Large chunks of the federal government shut down on December 22 over Trump's demand that a bill to keep the federal government operational include more than $5 billion to pay for what he has now said would be a steel structure to protect the border. "It's a national emergency", President Trump said on Sunday, as he spoke about his deliberations.

Although the president said he believes he has the authority to declare a national emergency, such an action would nearly certainly be challenged in the courts.

Democratic congressional leaders and aides say serious negotiations about a border security spending package - and Trump's proposed border barrier - can not begin until the president signals a willingness to negotiate on his $5.7 billion demand for the structure. Last week, he said the shutdown could last for months or even years.

During a news conference last Friday at the White House, Trump tried to make the case that the country needed a wall on the southern border for national security reasons and that previous presidents told him they should have built one. He has offered to build it using steel rather than concrete, billing that as a concession to Democrats' objections. "I think all of us who look at what they have here believe that that is true". It is unclear if any sort of Democratic rebuttal is in the works. "Until the American people are convinced we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress". But I'm from Brooklyn.

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement denying that he and Mr. Trump had any such conversation.

Federal workers still on the job apparently will miss this week's paychecks. "He also needs to cut out the middle man because there's a lot of misstatement and lies told about him every day".

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