Seeking support for a wall, Trump plans prime-time speech, border visit

Seeking support for a wall, Trump plans prime-time speech, border visit

Seeking support for a wall, Trump plans prime-time speech, border visit

President Donald Trump's first Oval Office prime-time address will put the border wall - his signature campaign promise - center stage as he considers declaring a national emergency at the southern border and aims to shift public opinion about the government shutdown.

Top news personalities including CNN's Chris Cuomo, Fox News Channel's Bret Baier and ABC's George Stephanopoulos attended the Tuesday lunch, which lasted about an hour and 20 minutes.

Past presidents have supported various measures to curb illegal immigration and secure the U.S. -Mexico border, including with strong fencing in some areas, though none of those policies resembled Trump's proposal for a multibillion-dollar steel wall covering most of the border. Television networks airing Trump's remarks have committed to sharing the response.

"The wall only pushes people out to more risky, treacherous crossings, creating even more death", she said.

The controversial move would nearly immediately invite legal challenges, but Trump's ability to carry out emergency actions is constitutionally protected under the National Emergencies Act of 1976. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it", Trump said.

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Leaders of the bipartisan National Governors Association are urging President Donald Trump and congressional leaders to end the partial government shutdown, telling them "a federal government shutdown should not be a negotiating tactic as disagreements are resolved".

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Trump and fellow Republicans have been at odds with Democrats over Trump's demand for $5.6 billion in funding for a wall.

With or without Democratic support, President Trump is toying with the idea of declaring a national emergency in order to fund the wall.

In rejecting Trump's demands, Democrats also point to the Trump administration's controversial handling of families and other migrants from Central America at the border. Aides suggested the President would rely on arguments he's made previously to ratchet up the urgency of his message.

But Democrats have made clear that they object to the wall itself, not what it's made of.

While explaining his position, Morgan recalled the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was initially created to "help protect the American people" and make USA borders "more secure", hinting that "the strategy has never changed".

While fans of the president often portray Trump as a master manipulator who is always thinking several moves ahead of his opponents, the reality is that he mostly just lurches from impulse to impulse. In December, he said he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the issue.

Adding to concerns of lawmakers, federal workers still on the job apparently will miss this week's paychecks. "He also needs to cut out the middle man because there's a lot of misstatement and lies told about him every day".

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