Trump urges wall funding to fix border crisis in Oval Office address

10 January, 2019, 10:40 | Author: Norman Carr
  • John L. Mone  AP

He sees it as an absolute necessity to stop what he calls a crisis of illegal immigration, drug-smuggling and human trafficking at the border.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the Democrats' support for the 2013 bill and a 2006 bill for a border fence showed that their opposition to a border wall was "partisan petty politics". "And there is a real toll for federal workers as this shutdown drags on".

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was among several senators who questioned Trump at the Capitol. We can reopen the government and continue to work through disagreements about policy. It could potentially unlock military dollars for building the wall but would require the administration to make the case that the border situation was indeed a national crisis.

When she said no, Trump said "goodbye", Pence said.

"They're all going to get their money and I think they're going to be happy", he said.

"Much of what we've heard from president Trump during this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice".

On Tuesday night, president Donald Trump made an address violently railing against immigration and doubling down on bis demand for $5.7 billion in funding for his border wall.

"We gotta understand why people are coming here in the first place and why so many of them are coming here illegally rather than legally", he said.

Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued for funding on security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid an extended partial government shutdown.


Trump has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to circumvent Congress and move forward with the wall.

Some of those from the caravans who are still hoping to get into the U.S. watched Trump's address Tuesday on television sets inside shelters in Tijuana, just on the other side of the U.S. -Mexico border.

"Yes", Schlapp said when pressed by CNN's Jim Sciutto about taxpayers paying for the wall.

"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way", Thune said.

Trump on Wednesday floated ideas that have been circulated for a broader immigration overhaul. In their own televised remarks, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of misrepresenting the situation on the border as they urged him to reopen closed government departments and turn loose paychecks for federal workers.

The bollard-style corrugated steel border fence now advocated by Mr. Trump once garnered broad support among Democrats.

With his use of a formal White House speech instead of his favored Twitter blasts, Trump is embracing the ceremonial trappings of his office as he tries to exit a political quagmire of his own making.

"They don't come in through checkpoints, they come through areas where you have hundreds of miles without walls and without barrier or without strong fences", Mr. Trump said at the Capitol. But Trump was not expected to make that declaration Tuesday night, said two people familiar with the White House plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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