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09 January 2019, 07:40 | Max Haynes
Major Networks Will Cover Schumer And Pelosi’s Rebuttal To Trump’s National Address
In a somber televised plea, President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, blaming illegal immigration for what he called a scourge of drugs and violence in the USA and framing the debate over the partial government shutdown in stark terms. "Both Pelosi and Schumer know their foundational argument but will firm up their rebuttal in real time because of uncertainty surrounding where President Trump may lead the American people", a source close to the preparations told the newspaper.
Yet Trump told congressional leaders the standoff could last months, even years, as he demands Washington take action to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, drugs and criminals crossing the border.
Trump and White House officials have reportedly been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to move forward with the wall without Congress approving the $5.7bn he is demanding. "They don't do it because they hate the people on the outside - they do it because they love the people on the inside", he said.
The president also referred to how drugs such as meth, heroin, and fentanyl were coming through the southern border, and that this would be stymied by a wall that would pay for itself with a new trade deal with Mexico. But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall. "The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country". People expect their government to work. I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers.
The response to the speech underscores how increasingly polarized the debate has become and how little progress is being made toward a resolution to the standoff that triggered a partial government shutdown almost three weeks ago.
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It alleges that Veselnitskaya presented the court with exculpatory evidence that she said were findings by the Russian government. Mr Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and top campaign aide Paul Manafort also attended the June 9, 2016, meeting .
After Trump said that "innocent people" are being "horribly victimized" by immigrants who commit crimes, Smith quickly added perspective. He also suggested that his proposal to build the wall from steel, rather than concrete, was a concession to Democrats.
Minutes after the president's address to the nation wrapped up, reactions started pouring in on social media from prominent figures like politicians, authors, journalists and humanitarian organizations.
Trump sought to put the blame on Democrats for the standoff, saying they "will not fund border security".
AP writers Colleen Long, Alan Fram and Deb Riechmann contributed.
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