Fox News host Shep Smith wasted no time fact-checking Trump's address

Thursday, 10 Jan, 2019

United States President Donald Trump summoned the nation's attention to the Oval Office on Tuesday (Jan 8) for a prime-time pronouncement on the border wall stand-off at the centre of the government shutdown.

It was Mr Trump's first official address from the Oval Office.

The lack of progress in negotiations raises the prospect that Trump will declare a national emergency, a move that would bypass Congress and enable him to obtain funds from the Defense Department to build the wall.

A new opinion poll suggests just over half of Americans (51%) blame President Trump for the government shutdown. "That promise is long broken, because Mexico is not going to pay for it". In past shutdowns, civil servants were paid retroactively once the impasses ended. "A very interesting experience!" Ninety per cent of which floods across from our southern border.

Democrats and other opponents of a border wall had threatened to take legal action if Trump issued the order.

He left no room for a compromise on the demand for wall barrier beyond saying that he would agree to a steel fence instead of a wall.

"We saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way, and he just walked out of the meeting", Schumer said.

Schumer told reporters outside the White House that Trump asked Pelosi if she would fund his wall. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said she wants border security.

So, did the duelling speeches tonight change anybody's mind?

"I think we ought to solve this shutdown".

He said his administration has given Congress a "tremendous" proposal to secure the border, developed by law enforcement professionals and border agents.

There is an obvious solution: separate the shutdown from the arguments over border security.

This is the nonpartisan energy we need in 2019!

Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana called Trump's comments about border security "very appropriate".

"I think we might work a deal, and if we don't we might go that route", he said.

"The President is rejecting these bipartisan Bills, which would reopen 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", Ms Pelosi said.

As almost 800,000 federal workers still go without pay, the president remained at an impasse with congressional Democrats as he prepared to head to Capitol Hill to huddle with members of his own party behind closed doors on Wednesday.

Mr Trump cited cases of gruesome murders of American citizens that he said had been committed by undocumented immigrants.

"More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War", he said.

He spoke at length about the victims of crimes by illegal immigrants and said: "This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul". "Our southern border is a vast pipeline for illegal drugs including meth, heroine, cocaine and fentanyl".