Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he ‘stokes fear'

Posted January 10, 2019

The two have also strategized together in lengthy meetings before White House negotiations, and chose to deliver the rebuttal to President Donald Trump's Tuesday Oval Office address together.

Trump accused Democrats of not acknowledging what he calls the "crisis" at the border and says they refuse to support funding for border security and what he calls the "common sense" wall.

"We had this new opportunity to present these leaders differently, and I feel like we've seen that image a lot of times". "I really believe the Democrats and the Republicans are working together".

Vice President Mike Pence was asked how Mr. Trump walking out of the room is productive.

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There was little evidence of that during the White House meeting or on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers from both parties traded barbs and blamed the shutdown on the other side's inflexibility.

During the response, Pelosi said the House has passed Senate Republican legislation to re-open the governement and fund " smart, effective border security solutions", but said Trump is "rejecting these bipartisan bills which would re-open government - over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall - a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for!"

It is the second longest government shutdown in USA history, furloughing 800,000 government workers or forcing them to work without pay. They are particularly concerned about the administration's talk of possibly declaring a national emergency at the border, seeing that as an unprecedented claim on the right of Congress to allocate funding except in the most dire circumstances.

"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 wrote in a joint statement released Monday night. "I think most Americans understand that it's purely political".

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"I just listened to Senator Schumer", McCarthy, a California Republican, said. But he made no mention of such a declaration Tuesday night. Then-House Speaker John Boehner received time to respond to former President Barack Obama's speech on the debt ceiling on July 25, 2011.

He called himself a "patriot" and said he wasn't encouraged by the White House to go public with his favorable opinions of the president.

"I don't think we'll have to do that, but you never know", Trump told reporters.

Many major television networks are planning to carry Democrats' rebuttal to President Donald Trump's national address Tuesday evening. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said she wants border security. It is the second longest government shutdown in USA history. Among Republicans, however, support for the wall is much stronger, with 77 percent approving and 54 percent supporting the shutdown as a means to that end.

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