Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Trump doubles down on push for border wall in televised address

Trump doubles down on push for border wall in televised address

His speech was a compendium of arguments, some of dubious nature, that he has made before: the border is being overrun by risky criminals who have committed violent crimes in the USA; migrant women and children are being victimised; the opioid crisis stems directly from a flood tide of illegal drugs crossing the southern border; his plan to secure that border includes advanced technology, more law enforcement personnel and, yes, a barrier costing $US5.7 billion ($8 billion) that would be made of steel slats, in deference, he said, to Democrats who oppose a concrete wall - a change Democrats say they never asked for.

According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, 51% of Americans believe Trump "deserves most of the blame" for the government shutdown.

"I think certainly I have expressed more than a few times the frustrations with a government shutdown and how useless it is", Capito said Tuesday.

A similar address given by then-President Barack Obama in 2014 was not carried by most major networks, as Trump's was.

He said Mr Trump needs to re-open government while allowing the debate over border security to continue.

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Trump will follow up his speech with a rare trip to the Mexico border on Thursday, but showed little enthusiasm for either the Oval Office speech or the border trip during an off-the-record lunch Tuesday with television anchors, The New York Times reported.

Mr Trump asked those who "refuse to compromise" to "imagine if it was your child, your husband or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken".

Added Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: "The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall".

Trump called on Democrats to return to the White House to meet with him, saying it was "immoral" for "politicians to do nothing".

The government has been partly shuttered since December 22, when Mr. Trump announced he would not sign a funding bill that did not contain wall funding.

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"And the fact is, President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government".

Pelosi and Schumer also emphasized an obvious fact: On the first day that the 116th Congress was in session, House Democrats, who now hold the majority, passed government spending legislation that was almost identical to what Senate Republicans passed at the tail-end of the 115th Congress.

Piling on were many potential 2020 contenders, as well as stars of the new Congress. The "Abolish ICE" movement has gained currency in numerous NY social circles she now represents in the House and on social media. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it". "Right now, what we are seeing, is death". We want our border wall, like we promised, though we promised that the Mexicans would pay for it.' So it's not the promise. Bernie Sanders, also rejecting the president's characterization.

"This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me", Trump said. Sanders, a political independent who caucuses with the Democrats, delivered an individual response of his own, separate from Schumer and Pelosi, as he has before on similar occasions, such as the State of the Union. "40 million are dealing with outrageous student debt". "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country".

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