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Networks agonized over whether to air Trump's speech on the shutdown

08 Janvier 2019

US President Donald Trump plans to visit the US southern border on Thursday, leaving Washington for the first time since partial federal shutdown began 16 days ago.

"More details will be announced soon", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Monday, without elaborating on specific arrangements for the presidential trip.

On Twitter Monday, the president confirmed he will outline - what he calls - the "humanitarian and national security crisis" on the southern border, during a speech Tuesday night.

President Trump plans to address the nation on Tuesday regarding the government shutdown.

Asked about Republicans who've expressed the desire to advance spending bills to reopen government even without funding the wall, Pence said: "When they see the scope of this crisis, when they see the facts presented, they understand why the president is so adamant about doing something meaningful to advance border security".

Russell Vought, acting director of the White House budget office, tells reporters: "The refunds will go out as normal". Democrats are refusing to pay for it, noting that he repeatedly promised that Mexico would foot the bill for it.

During the campaign for the midterm elections in November, he repeatedly agitated over a caravan of Central American migrants making its way towards the USA border with Mexico.

Whether Trump will use the address to declare a national emergency or simply stress the need for border security as he has been doing since he shut down the government over it, there's no doubt it will be rife with lies and mischaracterizations. "We can call a national emergency because of the security", he said.

The talks over ending the shutdown have been at an impasse over Trump's demand for the wall. But he says Trump isn't budging on his demand for billions for his border wall. Or maybe he has some roundabout strategy for resolving the stalemate, like the "national emergency" declaration he's hinted at that would (at least until federal courts stymie him) let him claim he's using Pentagon money to build his wall, and thus doesn't need a congressional appropriation anymore. "This is about human trafficking; this is about a humanitarian crisis; this is about the flow of illegal drugs, illegal immigrants and the president's determination to address that issue with action and with resources", Pence said.

Given that Congress has already declined to fund the wall, a challenge would likely quickly pass the Democratic House.

But none of the past living presidents said it was them.

But, to date, little progress has been made to end the shutdown, as Trump has refused to sign any legislation that does not include funding for the border wall, and speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has said the president would not get a wall.

"The Senate should vote on nothing else until we vote to reopen the government".

Networks agonized over whether to air Trump's speech on the shutdown