– Trump highlights violence migrants face in transit to US
‘How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?’
– Trump said new trade agreement will pay for the wall
– Trump places onus of shutdown on Democrats
“The government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: the Democrats will not fund border security,” Trump said in the Oval Office.
Trump and the White House had hinted the president may declare a national emergency in order to build his border wall
But instead he stayed the course, pressing Democrats to relent in a battle of wills over $5.6 billion in funding for the project
Prime-time Oval Office address played the shame card, blaming Democrats for bloodshed caused by illegal immigrants
Chuck Schumer and nancy Pelosi delivered the Democrats’ response
‘Much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice,’ they said
– Trump said all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration
Trump says U.S. suffering from a ‘crisis of the soul’ in his plea for wall funds
With the partial government shutdown starting to bite, the president is explaining why he is not budging on his border wall plan.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday night said the United States is suffering from a humanitarian and security crisis at the border, as he urged Congress to provide billions of dollars for a steel barrier, calling such a wall “absolutely critical.”
“This is a humanitarian crisis. A crisis of the heart, and a crisis of the soul,” Trump said in a rare televised address from the Oval Office.
Trump also put the pressure on Democrats to agree to his demands in order to reopen the government, which has been partially shut down for 18 days.
But the president did not declare a national emergency that would potentially allow him to circumvent Congress as he seeks to fulfill one of his core campaign promises.
Trump is refusing to back off his demands for $5.7 billion in wall funding, and Democrats are refusing to give Trump the money. The impasse has pushed the government into one of the longest shutdowns in U.S. history.