Democrats touring border warn Trump against diverting funds for wall

Posted January 09, 2019

But he said that the White House believes the wall is a winning issue for Trump, whose refusal to sign a budget without billions for the border has forced a partial government shutdown.

US President Donald Trump will "address the nation" on Tuesday over the ongoing "humanitarian and national security crisis" on the country's southern border, two days before his scheduled trip to the region.

ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox broadcasting, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and MSNBC will air the Democratic rebuttal to the address after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested an equivalent slot to the president's, reported The Associated Press.

Mirroring a they're-coming-to-kill-us-from-the-south re-election campaign ad Trump's re-election campaign had been running on news networks Tuesday, Trump's new fundraising email warned, of the southern border, "drugs are poisoning our loved ones, MS-13 gang members are threatening our safety, illegal criminals are flooding our nation".

Pence during the Monday session with reporters repeatedly uttered this line, aimed at trying to force Democratic leaders to the table: "There is a crisis at the southern border, and Democrats are refusing to negotiate".

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"I think it's well-known that the incumbent president is very careless with the truth", Carter said in an interview with CBS News a year ago.

The White House has not said why the situation might constitute a national emergency.

While speaking on the show "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Mark Morgan, who served as chief of the US Border Patrol during Barack Obama's presidency, stated that walls work and that "the president is right" in what he is pursuing. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it", Trump said. It is national security. In December, he said he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the issue. "If they don't want to, it's going to go on for a long time, '" President Donald Trump told reporters Sunday.

-Mexican border. An impasse over his demand for wall funds resulted in a partial government shutdown, now in its third week.

While Trump arguably has the legal power to declare a state of emergency over immigration, he could run into problems over the source of the funds for his border wall.

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The emphasis on a crisis comes as Trump is considering declaring a national emergency in an effort to bypass Congress and build the wall without its approval.

Democrats, who now control the U.S. House of Representatives, have rejected Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help build a wall.

Pence also said the idea of an emergency declaration remains a possibility. "That's how we became America". Several hundred thousand government employees are on furlough without pay, while others are working but not receiving paychecks.

All four major news networks plan to air the event live from the Oval Office, and millions of Americans are expected to watch.

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