United States government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech

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. For weeks he has dug in on a signature campaign promise to his base voters, the pledge to build an impregnable "beautiful" wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

But he said that if Trump did use a national emergency, the president would be like authoritarian leaders of other nations who use martial law to circumvent the rule of law.

US President Donald Trump is set to argue that an immigration "crisis" requires his long-promised wall along the Mexican border.

The major television networks and some cable television news stations will air President Donald Trump's speech to the nation live on January 8. "The apprehension in the past year of 17,000 people at our border with previously criminal history".

"If you listen carefully, you can hear network execs coming up with tortured, wholly unbelievable reasons for why they will air Trump's speech tomorrow night when they deemed one from Obama too political and refused to carry", tweeted Democratic political strategist Adam Parkhomenko.

Democrats have said they support increased border security measures such as additional United States border agents and technology, but have rejected the administration's claims about the security risks at the border and have raised concerns that Mr Trump will use his speech to present a false narrative.

"We don't think that's the American way", Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday.

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The Netherlands and Germany have already offered to take some of the migrants if their European Union partners do the same. He accused Malta's critics of playing "the Christmas saint" while themselves rejecting the ships.

The paper reported it was unlikely Trump would declare a national emergency, citing sources familiar with Trump's planned remarks - although the president has been known to stray from the words put down on paper by aides.

Trump will continue pressing his case for the wall with a trip to the border on Thursday.

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.

The government shutdown has affected a broad swatch of the federal government already, including national parks, airline security screening, housing and food aid, and the release of economic data. Some 800,000 federal employees have been temporarily laid off - or forced to work without pay.

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.

Mr Trump's comments came at the start of the third week of a partial government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers idled or without paychecks. But mostly Trump still wants his wall, which Democrats describe as immoral as well as no solution to illegal immigration.

In rejecting Trump's demands, Democrats also point to the Trump administration's controversial handling of families and other migrants from Central America at the border. Two Guatemalan children have died in border custody, while images of border patrol officers firing tear gas at migrants have raised the ire of critics.

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