Donald Trump addresses the nation

Deanna Kelley
January 9, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump is taking his case for U.S. -Mexico border wall funding to prime-time television, as he looks to convince Americans that border security - amid an influx of Central American migrants - must be strengthened before a partial government shutdown can be ended.

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Republican members of Congress have slowly begun to indicate that they will not let Trump carry on the battle forever. Trump fooled nobody, the racial fears he spouted today are merely a preview of the racial demagoguery that will headline his 2020 campaign.

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The major television networks and some cable television news stations will air President Donald Trump's speech to the nation live on January 8.

Some Democrats have in the past been willing to negotiate some sort of wall funding in exchange for presidential backing of immigration changes that would allow people brought to the US illegally as children receive legal status. He ordered USA troops to take up stations on the border.

The deal updates the North American Free Trade Agreement, in the main preserving NAFTA's liberalized environment of low or no tariffs among the U.S., Mexico and Canada, while making certain improvements for each country. However, he claimed that the leader may make a strong case for the Congress to fund the construction of a steel barrier along the southern border.

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We need to build the wall, the wall need not be a wall, Mexico will pay for the wall and we need to pay for the same wall that Mexico is already funding - we got all versions today from Trump about the phantom wall or unicorn or whatever we choose to call it.

"Now that the television networks have made a decision 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", Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. This one today blurs the lines between the partisan, false and even illegal. Democrats, who now control the House, have consistently opposed it, calling it an expensive, inefficient and immoral way of trying to resolve immigration issues.

Tonight - and throughout this debate and his presidency - President Trump has appealed to fear, not facts. This is something he loves doing in his raucous political rallies, there's no reason for Trump to hijack the most revered physical space in the 18 acres of the White House to whip up the American people with imagined crises coming from immigrant invaders threatening to degrade the country. But end this shutdown now.

Earlier, Vice President Mike Pence told ABC television that Mr Trump would lay out the "real humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border". He said precious lives were cut short repeatedly by those who have violated the borders. Some families can't get a mortgage to buy a new home. That's a prelude to what's to come. "Division, not unity", the NY senator said. It could potentially unlock military dollars for building the wall. What does Trump want built? However, we sharply disagree with the president about the most effective way to do it.

A new opinion poll suggests just over half of Americans (51%) blame President Trump for the government shutdown.

But Mr Trump's nine-minute address is unlikely to be remembered by the nation in quite the same way. So, why did Trump do this Oval Office "address"? Trump stated inaccurately that it's "brand new".

The Democrats would need to persuade enough Republicans in both houses to vote with them to reach a two-thirds majority that would pass a spending bill over Mr. Trump's veto. If Trump agreed reluctantly, he decided he might as well stir the witches brew from the Oval office. But that, some observers said, may be the best possible outcome for Trump at this point. I've also embedded the video below.

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