So our suggestion is a simple one: Mr. President: re-open the government and we can work to resolve our differences over border security. He accused Trump of trying to "stoke fear and divert attention" from his tumultuous administration.
In her rebuttal to Trump's address, Pelosi said that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders". Sanders said Trump "lies all the time", citing the president's assertions that Mexico would pay for the wall and his claims about the number of terrorists and amount of illegal drugs flowing across the border.
With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation Tuesday night that a "crisis" at the U.S. -Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he's demanding before ending the partial government shutdown.
Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration".
Speaking moments after Trump made his case for the wall in an Oval Office address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a national television audience that the president's rhetoric has been "full of misinformation and even malice". "Justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve". "This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis".
The president often highlights such incidents, though studies over several years have found immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States.
The administration is also at least talking about the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow Trump to move forward on the wall without Congress approving the $5.6 billion he wants.
Trump stated in a Rose Garden news conference Friday: "This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me". But he did not mention that Tuesday night. The government is in its third week of a partial shutdown over wall funding. For weeks he has dug in on a signature campaign promise to his base voters, the pledge to build an impregnable "beautiful" wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. Wallace replied that it would but this would not be enough because the Democrats still won the House in the midterms with the border wall being Trump's main issue. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans. You can watch Trump's address here. But he says having failed, Trump is now "unable to convince Congress or the American people to foot the bill". Vice President Mike Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea.
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