Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer look like ‘disappointed’ parents during Donald Trump rebuttal

Oscar Cross
January 10, 2019

Mr Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency over the "crisis" at the border, bypassing congressional approval to build the wall.

Minutes later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer gave a rebuttal, saying the wall was unnecessary and imploring Trump to reopen the quarter of the government that has been shuttered since December 22, while talks continue over a border wall Trump says is necessary to thwart illegal immigration.

The fact-checking nonprofit PolitiFact, run by the Poynter Institute, said on Twitter that it will live fact-check the president's address Tuesday night.

After the president's meeting with Republicans on Wednesday, John Cornyn, the No 2 Republican in the Senate, said Trump urged senators to "hang together" in the face of what they expect to be rising political pressure on the president and lawmakers of both parties as the shutdown begins to hurt federal workers paychecks.

He said: "He asked Speaker Pelosi, 'Will you agree to my wall?' She said no. We need to get our border secure and we need a barrier".

But affirmed that they were for strengthening border security by using technology and improving the infrastructure. A wall. Who is going to pay for it?

But the President is rejecting these bipartisan bills which would re-open government - over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall - a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for! Interestingly, the Trump speech from the White House and the Democrats' response from the Capital building were perfectly matched on FNC, which will not be good news to that frequent viewer at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They say the shutdown continues only because Trump refuses to drop his demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding.

The partial government shutdown reached its 18th day, making the closure the second-longest in history.

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

Earlier Tuesday, CNN's Jim Acosta had confronted Trump aide Kellyanne Conway outside of the White House, asking if she could promise whether Trump would tell the truth.

The president's choice of a primetime national address had been much maligned by many in the political establishment.

Smith then asked Chris Wallace about whether the president's address had made the case for Trump's base.

Able to get the bills through the House because of the Democratic majority, Pelosi is hoping some Senate Republicans back her up and abandon Trump's wall gambit. "Our southern border is a vast pipeline for illegal drugs including meth, heroine, cocaine and fentanyl".

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".

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