Trump to use first televised Oval Office speech to address wall 'crisis'

Sergio Cunningham
January 9, 2019

The White House is reportedly asking networks to cover a speech by Trump following the border visit.

Trump is refusing to accept any Congress proposal to fund the government that does not include the money he is demanding for the wall.

"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 demanded in a joint statement on Monday night.

"Speculation that Trump would use the address to declare a national emergency gathered steam after he approvingly cited a Democratic lawmaker Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who agreed there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency", without adding the Congressman's reservation: "Declaring an emergency on our border.to take $20-30B out of the Dept. of Defense to build a wall is probably the worst public policy idea I've heard in about 10 years".

The president is insisting that $US5 billion ($NZ7.4b) be included for the border wall.

"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", Democrat leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement last night, even as various liberal quarters demanded that Trump's speech should be subjected to a delayed telecast to enable instant fact-checking given his propensity for lies and dissembling.

Curbing illegal immigration was one of the main campaign promises Mr Trump made when he ran for president. In 2019, they're all going to broadcast Trump's speech on immigration.

Despite the focus on the border with Mexico, most immigrants living in the USA without authorization entered with visas and then stayed on when their documents ran out. However, Democrats have called it a humanitarian crisis, while the Trump administration has framed it as an issue of national security, according to the New York Times. Joe Manchin told CNN.

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But he said that if Trump did use a national emergency, the president would be like authoritarian leaders of other nations who use martial law to circumvent the rule of law.

Asked on Tuesday about Trump's claim of support for the wall from his predecessors, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC's Today show, "I know the president has said that was his impression from previous presidents".

Trump will continue pressing his case for the wall with a trip to the border on Thursday.

Leaning on Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing anxious about the impact of the shutdown, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen shuttered federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds. About 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without pay, and many will miss paychecks for the first time on Friday. "So at 9pm Tuesday, tune into CBS to See B.S". But mostly Trump still wants his wall, which Democrats describe as immoral as well as no solution to illegal immigration.

Another 32 percent blame congressional Democrats for the shutdown and 7 percent blame congressional Republicans, according to the poll.

A spokesperson for George W Bush said that he never discussed the border wall with Mr Trump.

The White House requested eight minutes to make Trump's case on television. Two Guatemalan children have died in border custody, while images of border patrol officers firing tear gas at migrants have raised the ire of critics.

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