Trump pushes for border wall funding in Oval Office address

10 January, 2019, 10:41 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
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He addressed the nation as the shutdown stretched through its third week, with hundreds of thousands of federal workers going without pay. Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that his long-proposed idea for a massive border wall is "medieval"-but he spun that as a positive".

The brief session in the White House Situation Room ended nearly as soon as it began.

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

Schumer said the president stormed out of the meeting during a "temper tantrum". "I think the votes are there if everyone decides to do this - to not only pass these bills but to be able to override a [potential presidential] veto".

One result was certain: The shutdown plunged into new territory with no endgame in sight.

For now, Trump sees this as winning politics. He sees it as an absolute necessity to stop what he calls a crisis of illegal immigration, drug-smuggling and human trafficking at the border.

Pence says, "I think the president made his position very clear today that there will be no deal without a wall". "That's it", Schumer said back at the Capitol.

Trump had just returned from Capitol Hill where he urged jittery congressional Republicans to hold firm with him. "I want us to then negotiate what border security looks like for the country". But it was his sudden rejection of a bipartisan spending bill late last month that blindsided leaders in Congress, including Republican allies, now seeking a resolution to the shutdown.

After meeting with Democrats over the weekend, the White House issued a series of budget demands, including a new request for $800,000 for humanitarian needs.

"I want us to first reopen the government", the 3rd district congresswoman said. "And there is a real toll for federal workers as this shutdown drags on". John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican.




In the age of social media, the substance of what people say is often eclipsed by optics, and on that front, President Trump won Tuesday night without so much as plucking an eyelash. The president's response? "He urged unity". Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday. We can reopen the government and continue to work through disagreements about policy.

Like other Republicans, Sen. And she said no. "That pressure is going to build". "If you don't have the wall, it doesn't matter".

Earlier, US President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office, describing the situation at the United States' southern border as a "humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

"We gotta understand why people are coming here in the first place and why so many of them are coming here illegally rather than legally", he said.

Democrats in response accused Trump appealing to "fear, not facts" and manufacturing a border crisis for political gain. But he did not mention that Tuesday night.

"Yes", Schlapp said when pressed by CNN's Jim Sciutto about taxpayers paying for the wall.

Trump on Wednesday floated ideas that have been circulated for a broader immigration overhaul. But Trump has not budged on his demands for $5.7 billion in wall funding, and Democrats have not moved from their opposition, while many Republicans watch anxiously from the sidelines. "But they can't", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), an implicit dig at Trump's wealthy upbringing.

Negotiations on wall funding could proceed in the meantime, they said.

Schumer said Trump "just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration".

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