Trump to `address nation` on border crisis

Wednesday, 09 Jan, 2019

Other Democrats have also expressed dismay with the networks' decision to provide Trump with wall-to-wall coverage for his immigration speech when they failed to do the same thing for President Barack Obama when he discussed immigration. And the broadcast networks-including ABC, CBS, and CNN-are now "deliberating".

Trump on Sunday renewed his threat to declare a national emergency over border security as negotiations to end a partial government shutdown continued.

"Is there any reason to believe that the president can now get more from the Democrats than he ever asked for in the two years his party was in control of Congress?" asked CNN host John King. Such a decision would nearly certainly face a legal challenge.

Hoyer compares it to other governments "declaring martial law and justifying them in doing whatever they want to do".

Trump promised a wall as a candidate for the White House in 2016, making it one of his signature campaign issues and saying Mexico would pay for it.

An impasse over wall funding has led to a partial government shutdown, now in its third week.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will give an Oval Office address on the government shutdown he created, during which he presumably will lie through his teeth to defend his highly unpopular immigration agenda.

The White House did not provide details of Mr Trump's trip, but the planned visit will likely highlight security concerns pushed by the administration as justification for building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

There is a precedent for giving time to an opposition response after a presidential address.

President Donald Trump says he will address the nation Tuesday night about what he says is a "crisis" at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Trump is scheduled to address the nation Tuesday night and lay out his case for the wall, which Democrats oppose.

The group's chairman, Montana Democrat Steve Bullock, and vice chairman, Maryland Republican Larry Hogan, sent the letter on Monday.

That's the same topic Trump says he plans to talk about Tuesday evening, and a subject on which he continues to lie repeatedly.

"We can not keep our country safe without adequate funding for Border security, including a physical barrier and increased in funding for law enforcement", the release said.

Over the weekend, the federal agency tasked with guaranteeing USA airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work.

The governors also warn that federal court operations could be curtailed by next week and that shorelines face a safety risk because of reduced Coast Guard capabilities.

The federal government partially shut down on December 22 when Senate Democrats refused to support a House-passed bill that set aside $5.7 billion for security on the U.S. -Mexico border. "It's a national emergency", President Trump said on Sunday, as he spoke about his deliberations. About 800,000 government workers have been either furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown.