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No Sign of Compromise on Wall at US-Mexico Border

10 January 2019

Mr Schumer said the president abruptly left when Mrs Pelosi said she would not approve of any wall funding.

"The President is rejecting these bipartisan Bills, which would reopen government, over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall, a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for", Ms Pelosi said.

Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer reiterated their position: Sign legislation to end the shutdown, then negotiate over border security.

The president said children illegally brought into the USA are "used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs", while women and children are "the biggest victims by far of our broken system". Across the seven nets and down 4 from the opposition, the "temper tantrum" accused POTUS pulled in a 28.1/45 rating in the overnight metrics in the 9 - 9:15 PM ET time period. Even if they were get it, which the Democrats say they won't, it would not be keeping a promise.

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Trump has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to move forward with the wall without getting congressional approval for the $5.7 billion he's requested. This barrier is absolutely critical to border security.

The political manoeuvring comes amid a rising public backlash over the suspension of government activities that has resulted in the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

On the television ratings front, the Democrats' response won the night over President Donald Trump's wall speech. Interestingly, the Trump speech from the White House and the Democrats' response from the Capital building were perfectly matched on FNC, which will not be good news to that frequent viewer at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The partial government shutdown reached its 18th day, making the closure the second-longest in history.

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Despite the softer tone, Trump also spent much of the speech doubling down on his controversial message - popular among his right-wing base - that illegal immigration at the US-Mexican border puts American lives in danger.

On Tuesday, Trump gave a televised address in which he made the case for a border wall, saying the situation is a "humanitarian crisis - a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

Democrats, in a bid to amplify pressure on the White House and Senate Republicans, were set to begin a series of House votes on Wednesday that would reopen the government one department at a time.

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No Sign of Compromise on Wall at US-Mexico Border