Democrats Seek Equal TV Time to Respond to Trump Border Address

Kirstjen Nielsen Mike Pence Jared Kushner Ja'Ron Smith

Kirstjen Nielsen Mike Pence Jared Kushner Ja'Ron Smith

Trump's first Oval Office speech will be followed by a Thursday visit to the southern border to highlight his demand for a barrier. With no end in sight, Trump's self-proclaimed deal-making skills are coming under scrutiny.

"Anywhere that you look where we have built walls, they have worked", Brandon Judd, a border agent for 21 years and president of the council, told reporters.

The speech is part of a public relations blitz by the president. Democrats are refusing to pay for a wall. Mexico has refused. He's now demanding the money from Congress.

Cable news networks, including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, will also show the response, amid concerns that Trump would use the bully pulpit to make unsubstantiated claims and would need to be extensively fact checked.

"The wall only pushes people out to more unsafe, treacherous crossings, creating even more death", she said.

TSA said the effect was "minimal" and that it screened more than 2.2 million passengers Sunday, a historically busy day due to holiday travel.

The emphasis on a "crisis" could be the administration's attempt to lay the groundwork for a potential emergency declaration.

Mr Trump has argued the wall is necessary for national security and has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan.




"I'm guessing he's going to declare a national emergency", Hannity predicted, adding, "In this case, I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge".

Vice President Mike Pence says the White House is looking into the legality of declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress and begin construction on President Donald Trump's long-promised Southern border wall. About 800,000 government workers have been either furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown.

At the White House, spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp complained that Democratic leaders have yet to define what they mean when they say they are for enhancing border security.

Schumer signaled disappointment with the networks' decisions to grant the president a slot at 9 p.m. Tuesday for a brief address to the nation, and again blamed him for the partial government shutdown that's now in its third week.

Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse over border security funding and seem unlikely to reach a compromise soon to reopen the government, which has been partially shut down now for 18 days. This week, they will pass a series of bills to reopen federal agencies.

He said he and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would brief lawmakers at the Capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Atlantic also describes a meeting in which Pence asked why Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) hadn't responded to his offer to demand less than Trump's proposed $5 billion for a wall.

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