All Major Networks to Air President Trump’s Address to the Nation

All Major Networks to Air President Trump’s Address to the Nation

All Major Networks to Air President Trump’s Address to the Nation

Trump's prime-time address, scheduled for 9 p.m. ET, will be the Republican president's latest attempt to persuade Democrats to back his barrier on the southern border. About a quarter of United States agencies have been shut down since last month and hundreds of thousands of government workers are likely to miss pay checks this week.

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.

Some argue that this is a way out of the impasse, as it could free Trump to build the wall and therefore to lift his blocking of the wider government funding.

The president said children illegally brought into the U.S. are "used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs", while women and children are "the biggest victims by far of our broken system".

Hoping to demonstrate flexibility during his almost 10-minute speech from the White House Oval Office, Mr Trump said of the border barrier he wants built: "At the request of the Democrats it will be a steel barrier and not a concrete wall".

Trump's gambit is that the solemn setting will allow him to regain the momentum on the Mexico wall issue that helped him get elected in 2016 and has become an obsessive goal for supporters.

The government shutdown entered day 17 on 8 January after a series of discussions between the Trump administration officials and Democrats failed to yield an agreement on funding for the wall.

There is an obvious solution: separate the shutdown from the arguments over border security.

House to pass funding bill but talks stuck
President Donald Trump is scheduled to be at Camp David for a retreat with White House staff on border security and other topics. President Trump believes a wall is the best way of stemming an influx of drugs and gangs from Central and South America.

The situation at the border was dubbed a "humanitarian and national security crisis" by Trump in a Monday tweet announcing his speech. It could potentially unlock military dollars for building the wall. Recent reports and studies show that illegal border crossings have actually dropped and a majority of Americans are against the wall, but such studies go against the Trump narrative of a grave crisis at the Southern border that required a massive wall across 2000 miles. Mr Trump said after recounting gruesome details of murders he said were committed by illegal immigrants.

Trump has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to circumvent Congress and move forward with the wall.

Menendez said Trump's speech should carry a warning that 'the comments you are about to hear are not based on fact and are likely to include misinformation, blatant lies and fear-mongering, ' Fox News reported.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, both Democrats, dismissed Trump's comments.

The number of illegal border crossings is down from 1.6 million in 2000 to fewer than 400,000 a year ago. We can reopen the government AND continue to work through disagreements about policy.

Leaders of the nonpartisan National Governors Association made public a letter Tuesday sent to Trump and congressional leaders a day earlier, calling on them to reopen the government, saying "a federal government shutdown should not be a negotiating tactic as disagreements are resolved".

A National Park Service ranger looks out onto the city from Trump International Hotel's historic clock tower, which remains open and staffed by the National Park Service despite the partial government shutdown.

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