Top Democrats say Trump 'has chosen fear' in border battle

Clay Curtis
January 9, 2019

Democrats in response accused Trump of appealing to "fear, not facts" and manufacturing a border crisis for political gain.

Following the president's address on Tuesday, Smith fact-checked a number of the claims made by Trump, such as murder rates among undocumented migrants and drug flows, which did not match government statistics, Mediaite reported.

In her rebuttal to Trump's address, Pelosi said that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders".

The president said that all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration.

He asserts that the government remains shut down because Democrats won't fund border security. "So sad. So awful".

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Trump has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to move forward with the wall without getting congressional approval for the $5.7 billion he's requested. But he did not mention that Tuesday night.

The speech is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST from the White House. Sanders said Trump "lies all the time", citing the president's assertions that Mexico would pay for the wall and his claims about the number of terrorists and amount of illegal drugs flowing across the border.

The partial government shutdown reached its 18th day, making the closure the second-longest in history. He also suggested that his proposal to build the wall from steel, rather than concrete, was a concession to Democrats. Less than a week after Democrats seized control of the House, Pelosi and Schumer stood side-by-side at a lectern in a joint appearance that appeared created to emphasize their party's unity. And Senate Democrats have approved similar funding year after year. But he says having failed, Trump is now "unable to convince Congress or the American people to foot the bill".

So, Trump's Twitter feed and a photo op as he signs anti-human trafficking legislation at the White House Wednesday could make compelling viewing - especially if the President is in a sour mood over morning television coverage of his big speech.

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