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Mexico Border Situation "Growing Crisis": Trump In Prime-Time Address

09 January 2019, 05:10 | Max Haynes

Trump Reportedly Trying to End Shutdown Without Looking Weak

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While its repercussions ripple across the country, Mr Trump has also threatened to bypass Congress and invoke emergency powers to build the wall along half the 2,000-mile (3,100km) border. "But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration".

Two days after Trump's speech, he plans to visit the southern border, the White House announced earlier in the week. But he made no mention of such a declaration Tuesday night.

Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued for funding on security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid an extended partial government shutdown.

Trump will tell the American people that there is "a humanitarian and security crisis" at the border, Pence said in television interviews on Tuesday morning.

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. Initially, Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the boarder wall.

"Speculation that Trump would use the address to declare a national emergency gathered steam after he approvingly cited a Democratic lawmaker Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who agreed there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency", without adding the Congressman's reservation: "Declaring an emergency on our border.to take $20-30B out of the Dept. of Defense to build a wall is probably the worst public policy idea I've heard in about 10 years".

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The impasse between the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican president has forced Trump's hand to consider alternative funding, something a national emergency would provide through a military construction budget. He noted that the networks declined to air past presidents' addresses, including one from former president Barack Obama.

Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert was equally blunt in his tweet, writing that "my network will be carrying Trump's Wall speech live". Over Caesar salad and iced tea, Trump projected confidence that his strategy was working, Fox News Channel's Bret Baier reported.

The White House has not said why the situation constitutes a national emergency.

Leaning on Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing anxious about the impact of the shutdown, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen shuttered federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds. That shutdown exemption would break from past practice and could be challenged. But GOP leaders believe they can avoid more defections to prevent Pelosi from gaining a veto-proof majority.

More should be revealed about Trump's eventual endgame for the shutdown tomorrow. Federal workers still on the job apparently will miss this week's paychecks. "But all the signs here indicate that is not what Donald Trump has in mind, and the networks have a decision to make", she said.



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