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

Cristina Cross
January 10, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) go way back: the two have socialized and worked together since Pelosi first entered Congress in the late 1980s.

The president was on Capitol Hill to rally support of Senate Republican amid a government shutdown that has lasted almost three weeks.

Speaking to the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued Tuesday night that the wall was needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis", blaming illegal immigration for what he said was a scourge of drugs and violence in the USA and asking: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?" He suggested a deal for his border wall might be getting closer, but he also said the shutdown will last "whatever it takes". I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?

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There's growing concern about the toll the shutdown is taking on everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and trouble for home buyers who are seeking government-backed mortgage loans - "serious stuff", according to Sen.

Trump will visit the Capitol on Wednesday to meet with Senate Republicans, and has invited Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to return to the White House to meet with him later that day.

Rubio said he does support Trump's call for a wall, because he would agree with funding "anything that makes the border more secure". Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that his long-proposed idea for a massive border wall is "medieval"-but he spun that as a positive". "I think the votes are there if everyone decides to do this - to not only pass these bills but to be able to override a [potential presidential] veto".

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After meeting with Democrats over the weekend, the White House issued a series of budget demands, including a new request for $800,000 for humanitarian needs.

"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way", Thune said. "We can protect the border using the technology that's available to us to wall off intrusions by using that technology", the South Carolina Democrat said on CNN.

"Much of what we've heard from president Trump during this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice". They are particularly concerned about the administration's talk of possibly declaring a national emergency at the border, seeing that as an unprecedented claim on the right of Congress to allocate funding except in the most dire circumstances. "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

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Trump did not mention that idea Tuesday night.

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

Negotiations on wall funding could proceed in the meantime, they said.

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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. Some say Trump's hardline policies are slowing processing for migrants, creating an overwhelming bottleneck at the border.

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