Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Democrats demand TV rebuttal time to Trump's Tuesday address

Democrats demand TV rebuttal time to Trump's Tuesday address

Democrats, who now control the U.S. House of Representatives, have rejected Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help build a wall.

Trump announced his plan for the 9 p.m. ET Tuesday address via Twitter.

But Pence also made clear that he was pressing Congress to "do its job and come to the table", as the impasse with Democrats over funding of Trump's proposed border wall has led to a partial government shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have come to the White House for several negotiating rounds with Trump. The White House is committed to keeping the government partially shutdown until an agreement can be reached over funding for the border wall.

There is no end in sight for the shutdown that has halted a quarter of US government operations since December 22 and forced some 800,000 federal employees to be furloughed or work without pay.

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All four living former presidents said they didn't tell President Donald Trump they regretted not building a wall on the U.S.

The Republican president showed no sign of backing off his pledge to build a wall, which he says is necessary to stem illegal immigration.

The White House moved to pre-empt the Democrats, telling reporters Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown.

"I'm guessing he's going to declare a national emergency", Hannity predicted, adding, "In this case, I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge". His administration has already spent millions constructing wall prototypes near the border in San Diego.

Two people embrace on the USA side of the border, seen through the border wall Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, seen from along the beach in Tijuana, Mexico. They "don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel", he said.

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Trump campaigned on a promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused. He says Trump doesn't have that authority and doing that "certainly could" be an abuse of power.

The No. 2 House Democrat is blaming President Donald Trump for the partial government shutdown and says Trump is holding the government "hostage". The letter from Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought sought funding for a "steel barrier on the Southwest border".

With the talks stalled, Pelosi, a California Democrat, said House Democrats meant to start passing individual bills to reopen agencies.

"We are grateful to the more than 51,000 agents across the country who remain focused on the mission and are respectful to the traveling public", said TSA spokesperson Michael Bilello. "Instead, he is still demanding that American taxpayers pay at least $5.7 billion for his wall, which can't pass either chamber of Congress and of course Mexico is not paying for", they said.

Trump made his first visit to the border as president 10 months ago.

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