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Trump plans televised address, visit to Mexico border

08 January 2019

Democratic leaders are upset that President Donald Trump will receive television coverage for his speech about the government shutdown on Tuesday - and they're making some demands.

"I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border", the president tweeted.

Trump will take to the airwaves at 9:00 p.m.

The congressman also said that if Democrats give into Trump's demand, it would incentivize the President to attempt further shutdowns in order to extract concessions. According to a senior Democratic aide, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has notified the caucus he will vote against proceeding to the first bill of the session because Senate Republicans should instead be bringing up the Democratic-led House-passed bills to reopen the government.

Pence argued that this approach represented a compromise on the White House's part, to go beyond just a wall and fund things Democrats want too. "We are willing to come to a deal to reopen the government".

Within the past two weeks, Democratic leadership visited the White House twice to negotiate a deal with the president, and failed. "Many details of Border Security were discussed". Although Trump characterized the talks as "productive", Democrats said there was no progress. It became the central theme of his campaign for the presidency, and crowds at his rallies would chant "build the wall!" repeatedly in sold-out venues across the country.

"Now that the television networks have chose to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", they said in the joint statement.

The administration letter includes a request for $800 million for "urgent humanitarian needs", a reflection of the growing anxiety over migrants traveling to the border - which the White House said Democrats raised in the meetings.

The aide said Democrats did not come back with a "reasonable" counteroffer to the administration's requests.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called it "an action necessary to make sure working families received their tax refunds on schedule". He added that once "we start talking about border security as an alternative, we may be able to find a way to provide some funding that is satisfactory to the president and House Democrats". Such a move would seem certain to draw legal challenges.

The impasse led to a funding lapse, causing a partial government shutdown that has seen hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed and several departments and agencies of the federal government partially closed except for essential services.

Trump plans televised address, visit to Mexico border