Trump pleads on TV for wall funding to fix border ‘crisis’

Trump pleads on TV for wall funding to fix border ‘crisis’

Mr Trump had spent days mulling declaring a state of emergency along the border that would have given him powers to bypass Congress, which has so far refused to fund the wall project, and draw funds from the military to build the border barrier.

Critics immediately panned President Donald Trump's prime-time speech pushing for a U.S. -Mexico border wall for its numerous lies and misrepresentations, even on the president's favorite network. More than 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or required to work without pay and services have been also disrupted for many other Americans.

"Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now", Trump said. Schumer called on Trump to "separate the shutdown from arguments over border security", and let lawmakers pass "bipartisan legislation to reopen the government while allowing debate over border security to continue".

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".

"The women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge - a challenge that President Trump's own cruel and counterproductive policies have only deepened". "I'd like to see that".

The President's address was the latest in a series of public appearances - including a Cabinet meeting, a statement in the White House briefing room at which he was flanked by border patrol officers, and a news conference last week - in which Mr Trump simply reiterated his demands without offering any concessions.

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She blamed Trump's "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!" An aggregation of recent polling on the issue found that 50% of Americans directly blame Trump for the shutdown, compared to just 35% who directly blame the Democrats. Observing that some people have suggested that a barrier is immoral, Trump asked why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences and gates around their homes. "Now need you to stand with me", read one message sent out after his remarks.

Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has recently seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall.

Some Democrats have in the past been willing to negotiate some sort of wall funding in exchange for presidential backing of immigration changes that would allow people brought to the USA illegally as children receive legal status.

Top Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer responded, accusing Trump of appealing to "fear, not facts".

The bottom line? There wasn't any new information in Trump's first Oval Office address; it was the same old racism and the same old xenophobia.

He claimed to have met "dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration.I've held the hands of the weeping mothers".

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