White House Announces Trump to Visit Southern Border

White House Announces Trump to Visit Southern Border

White House Announces Trump to Visit Southern Border

As the shutdown stretches into a third week amid the tense stand-off in Washington, Trump announced he will make his public case for $5.7bn in funding to build a border wall during a prime-time national televised address on Tuesday night from the Oval Office, ahead of a Thursday visit to the border.

But for now, both sides are sticking to their positions and negotiations over the weekend between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic congressional staffers yielded little progress.

However, pressure to reach a deal is likely to grow as the effects of the shutdown are felt, including possible cuts in food stamp programs and delayed tax refunds. It was unclear what basis Trump could use to declare a national emergency.

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

Trump announced the prime-time address regarding the "humanitarian and national security crisis" at the southern border on Twitter Monday afternoon.

The funding stalemate has shut down a fourth of the federal government, impacting 800,000 employees, either furloughed or working without pay.

'This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me, ' Trump said during remarks in the Rose Garden.

The White House did not say whether he planned to make such a declaration, which would nearly certainly face a legal challenge, on Tuesday night.

Pence said Trump also invited Democrats back to the White House to respond to its latest proposal to resolve the standoff over legislation to fund the government. Journal is reporting that Trump is looking for ways to end the shutdown without it looking like the Democrats won.

Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told Politico the former president had not discussed the matter with Trump.

White House counsel is reviewing whether the president has the ability to declare a national emergency in the current situation, Pence told reporters on Monday. He exhorted Democrats in Congress to "come back from vacation" and approve funding for his wall.

President Trump's bogus claim that former presidents have endorsed his idea for a wall along the southern U.S. border highlights the more than 7,600 false or misleading statements he has made since he stepped into the Oval Office, a report said Monday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the wall "immoral" and refuses to budge on providing taxpayers' funding for it.

Trump has argued the wall is necessary for national security and has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan.

But Trump and his top officials have also pointed to misleading statistics to suggest terrorists are attempting to enter the United States through the southern border. And former Vice President Joe Biden said he "can't think of a single" past president who wanted a border wall.

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