Trump urges Senate Republicans to 'just hang together' on border battle

Trump urges Senate Republicans to 'just hang together' on border battle

Trump urges Senate Republicans to 'just hang together' on border battle

Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" after President Donald Trump's Oval Office address and the joint response given by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), syndicated conservative talker Mark Levin praised Trump for the address but excoriated Schumer and Pelosi for their response.

Trump left the meeting with an upbeat message, saying Senate Republicans are "unified" while Democrats are anything but. They are particularly concerned about the administration's talk of possibly declaring a national emergency at the border, seeing that as an unprecedented claim on the right of Congress to allocate funding except in the most dire circumstances.

The top two Democrats in Congress went on to say, "The facts are clear: President Trump has the power to stop hurting the country by re-opening the government and ending the Trump Shutdown".

With the two sides at an impasse, some 800,000 federal employees are expected to miss their first paycheck, on Friday, since the shutdown began on December 22.

Schumer says, "American democracy doesn't work that way". In past shutdowns, civil servants were paid retroactively once the impasses ended.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer took to television last night, after Donald Trump's address, to express their own side of the story.

He claimed they could resolve the standoff in "45 minutes", but previous meetings have led to no agreement as Trump insists on the wall that was his signature promise in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Trump did not mention that idea Tuesday night. Trump initially vowed that Mexico would pay for the border wall. We've got to do something now. Tonight, President Trump is speaking directly to the American people.

"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it", Trump said to news anchors on Tuesday, according to the Times.

"At the end of the day, the president's beloved border wall is the issue exclusively responsible for this irresponsible shutdown, and it is an absolute disgrace and a disservice to all Americans to allow this broken campaign promise to hold all of the key funding bills hostage", said Rep. Mike Quigley, Illinois Democrat.

"I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in".

Senator Doug Jones of Alabama said, "We need to dial back the rhetoric and not use fear. Until the American people are convinced we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress". Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said she wants border security.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Customs and Border Patrol a year ago apprehended almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists at the U.S. -Mexico border. He has demanded that Congress include $7 billion in border security and humanitarian aid - including $5.7 billion in money for the wall - in any spending package to reopen parts of the government that have been shuttered for almost three weeks.

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