Trump Mulls Declaring National Emergency Hours Before Address to Nation - Pence

Brenda Watkins
January 9, 2019

"Do they want to run the promise of more lies, more misleading statistics, more twisting of reality, mindless confrontation, all for the sake of defending Trump's dark twisted fantasy and a wall on the Mexican border?"

He noted that the networks declined to air past presidents' addresses, including one from former president Barack Obama.

The president is insisting that $5bn (£4bn) be included for the border wall. "The fact is the Congress should do its job and come to the table", Pence told CBS News. There were almost 400,000 apprehensions at the border in the 2018 fiscal year, well down from the early 2000s when arrests regularly topped one million annually.

ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS have all announced on Monday that they are going to cover Trump's speech as he delivers it live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, according to CNN. Now Democratic leadership including House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer are demanding that the networks follow Trump's address with a rebuttal by Democrats.

"Now that the television networks have chose to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", they demanded in a joint statement on Monday night. However, Democrats have called it a humanitarian crisis, while the Trump administration has framed it as an issue of national security, according to the New York Times.

"Someone is drastically misinforming him", Democratic U.S. Sen.

Since the stalemate over funding is ongoing, Trump had no other choice but to take his case directly to American people in a speech planned for later in the day, the vice president said, as suspense continues to build over the possible big announcement. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it".

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It also found that only 35 percent of adults in the United States support a congressional spending bill that includes funding for the wall, and 25 percent support Trump's decision to keep the government closed until Congress approves funding for the wall.

A National Park Service ranger looks out onto the city from Trump International Hotel's historic clock tower, which remains open and staffed by the National Park Service despite the partial government shutdown. About 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without pay, and many will miss paychecks for the first time on Friday.

Experts say if the shutdown persists, Canadians entering the USA will see an escalating impact at the northern border, where Customs and Border Protection officials are working without pay because their jobs are considered an essential service.

A spokesperson for George W Bush said that he never discussed the border wall with Mr Trump.

Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based near the border in Blaine, Wash., said those border guards - many of whom are supportive of the president's border-security efforts - may soon stop showing up for work as they begin to feel the shutdown's financial impact.

Critics have decried the previous separation of migrant children from families, the use of tear gas at the border and the case of two Guatemalan migrant children who died in USA custody in December.

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