Trump Urges Wall Funding to Fix Border 'Crisis'

Sergio Cunningham
January 10, 2019

Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" after President Donald Trump's Oval Office address and the joint response given by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), syndicated conservative talker Mark Levin praised Trump for the address but excoriated Schumer and Pelosi for their response. "Unfortunately, President Trump keeps rejecting the bipartisan House-passed bills, which have already received strong bipartisan support in the Senate, to re-open the government". In his speech, Trump reiterated his claims that the "thousands of illegal immigrants" entering the USA every day are hurting the economy, bringing heroin with them, and "[driving] down jobs and wages", and that his $5.7 billion border wall "would very quickly pay for itself"-claims that were swiftly called into question and labeled only partly true, if at all, by various fact-checking efforts. "It's about resisting Trump". "I want us to figure out how we can provide for security in this country - meet the president's priority there, address the humanitarian issues - but do so while we have a functioning government and being in a partial shutdown is a partial shutdown". "Democrats have yet to do the same".

Vice President Mike Pence was asked how Mr. Trump walking out of the room is productive. But she said there was "no way" the shutdown fight would drag on for years as Trump warned last week.

The president's primetime address on Tuesday night saw both camps drifting even further apart, with Trump declaring a "humanitarian and security crisis" and vowing to protect America, "so help me God" - and Democratic congressional leaders saying Trump is working to "manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration".

"They don't come in through checkpoints". They walk away from it.

Over the weekend, congressional staffers and the White House met multiple times in an effort to find common ground and reopen the government, but no progress was made.

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The White House has provided no concrete numbers to back up its claim, refusing to say how much money would be brought in by the trade deal and what percentage of those financial gains would cover border wall funding.

Overall, Trump largely restated his case for the wall without offering concessions or new ideas on how to resolve the standoff that has kept large swaths of the government closed for the past 18 days.

The president is planning to visit the southern border later this week, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

He continued: "I said bye-bye, nothing else works". But privately, according to the New York Times, the president has expressed doubts about the trip and his speech would make any difference. Now need you to stand with me, " read one message sent out after his remarks.

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