Trump Mulls Declaring National Emergency Hours Before Address to Nation - Pence

Lewis Collier
January 9, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a televised response after Trump speaks on Tuesday night.

The commercial broadcast networks deliberated for several hours on Monday after the White House requested the time, and have drawn criticism from pundits and media watchdogs, as well as lawmakers on the left.

The government shutdown entered day 17 on 8 January after a series of discussions between the Trump administration officials and Democrats failed to yield an agreement on funding for the wall.

"I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border".

In the past, Trump's talks to the nation have been carefully scrutinized for false information.

During the talks, Trump reaffirmed his plans to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico and listened to Democrats' funding requests related to U.S. national security, Pence said.

Floodlights from the United States illuminate multiple border walls on January 7, 2019, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico.

"Someone is drastically misinforming him", Democratic U.S. Sen. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it".

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".

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

Trump said this week that he's open to a wall of steel slats, noting experts have advised him they'd prefer the ability to see through the wall. The shutdown has caused some national museums and parks to go partially staffed or to close, while some workers who are deemed essential - such as TSA agents - are forced to work without pay.

Federal employees will feel the pinch from the shutdown on Friday, when they will miss their paychecks for the first time, unless a deal is reached. NBC News reported on Monday that USA border protection officials stopped only six immigrants in the first half of 2018 whose names were on a list of suspected terrorists, in contrast to White House claims that the number was in the thousands.

More should be revealed about Trump's eventual endgame for the shutdown tomorrow.

Leaders of the nonpartisan National Governors Association made public a letter Tuesday sent to Trump and congressional leaders a day earlier, calling on them to reopen the government, saying "a federal government shutdown should not be a negotiating tactic as disagreements are resolved".

Democrats have repeatedly slammed the proposed wall but have remained vague about counter-proposals that would curb illegal immigration. He said Mexico would pay for it, although Mexico was always clear it would not, and he has now turned to Congress for the money.

Mr Trump deployed about 5,800 troops to the border and described the migrants as an "invasion".

Critics have decried the previous separation of migrant children from families, the use of tear gas at the border and the case of two Guatemalan migrant children who died in US custody in December.

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