Democrats demand TV rebuttal time to Trump's Tuesday address

Toby Graves
January 10, 2019

Mr Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency over the "crisis" at the border, bypassing congressional approval to build the wall.

In their televised reply to Trump, Democrat Chuck Schumer, the minority leader in the Senate, and Pelosi were equally firm about not funding an "ineffective, unnecessary border wall". Trump said in a meeting with Schumer and Pelosi in December that he would be "proud" to shut down the government over border security.

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

Schumer said: "We don't govern by temper tantrum". We are out of space to hold them and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country.

"My fellow Americans, today I am speaking to you because there is a growing "humanitarian and security crisis" in our southern border".

The president was lauded by longtime supporters who have criticized him in recent weeks over his failure to implement of a border wall, nearly two years into his administration.

Even the infamously apolitical Jimmy Fallon got involved, joking on The Tonight Show that Trump said the proposed wall could "all be yours for five easy payments of one billion dollars". Trump often issues video messages from the White House, but has been more gun-shy than other presidents to use the bully pulpit of the primetime address to whip support on a political issue. It is the second longest government shutdown in USA history.

Smith noted the White House is refusing to agree to those bills because of the alleged "crisis" at the southern border, which he noted is "arguably of their own making". More than 38 million Americans who rely on food stamps could see them reduced should the shutdown continue into next month. We'll update with more speech numbers as they come in later, stay tuned.

Just an hour before, Trump visited Capitol Hill, where he insisted that Republicans were united in their support for his position that Congressional appropriations should include border wall funding. "The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country", Trump said. There's little concern about that within the White House, where it's regarded as a problem mainly felt in Washington - despite the fact that thousands of federal workers live outside of the capital area.

And, as for the rebuttal from Democrats, Jacobs says, it's pretty much the same story.

"The President then turned to the Speaker and politely asked her, OK, Nancy if we open the government up in 30 days, could we have border security".

An October 2018 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency detailed the prevalence and source of a number of drugs, including those Trump mentioned Tuesday - heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine.

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