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United States government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech

09 January 2019

In a somber televised plea, President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, blaming illegal immigration for the scourge of drugs and violence in the US and framing the debate over the partial government shutdown in stark terms.

The US president, addressing the nation on TV from the Oval Office for the first time, said Congress needed to approve the $5.7bn (£4.5bn) wall on the southern border on security and humanitarian grounds.

He repeated his demand for US$5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the border with Mexico, but stopped short of calling for a much-touted state of emergency. About a quarter of US agencies have been shut down since last month and hundreds of thousands of government workers are likely to miss paycheques this week.

Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration". -Mexican border, illegal crossings there have actually dropped dramatically in recent years.

"The president was asked whether it [the national emergency option] is something he was considering, and he said it is something we are looking at...."

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The dispute over wall funding - Trump is demanding $5.7 billion USA to help build it - led to a stalemate in Congress over funding for parts of the government.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a televised response after Trump speaks on Tuesday night.

Trump himself is scheduled to head to the border on Wednesday to make his point about a situation he views as a grave national security crisis, amid growing resentment in Washington about the partial government shutdown that has put 800,000 federal workers on ice.

"Now that the television networks have made a decision 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.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House Democratic leadership had not yet worked out a strategy for how to respond if Trump declared a national emergency in to circumvent Congress and build the wall.

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

A new opinion poll suggests just over half of Americans (51%) blame President Trump for the government shutdown.

Mrs Pelosi said: "The fact is: the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge".

Some correspondents have speculated that he may ultimately resort to such a declaration as a last-ditch tactic to allow him to reopen the government without losing face to Democrats.

The shutdown, now into its 18th day, follows disagreement between the new Democrat-controlled House and the White House over budgeting several government departments whose funding has lapsed.

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United States government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech