Trump to take over airwaves, and Democrats demand equal time | AP entertainment

Toby Graves
January 9, 2019

The vice president, a former House GOP leadership team member, claimed there is "a lot more support" among Republican and Democratic members "for a negotiated agreement that addresses the president's determination to construct a steel barrier and also advances the other priorities for border security [from] Democrats".

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are pushing television networks to give Democrats equal air time to respond to President Donald Trump's address to the nation Tuesday night on what he calls a border security "crisis". For hours, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and CNN had internal debates on whether to air the address to the nation. But Democrats say the wall is "immoral" and refuse to compromise.

All the major US television networks agreed to air Trump's speech.

The governors say federal workers are being hurt and state business is being affected by shutdowns of federal departments and agencies.

Trump's speech on Tuesday night will be followed by his visit Thursday to the southern border.

"He's made no decision on that", Pence told reporters in a briefing, adding that officials at the White House council's office "are looking at" a possible emergency declaration, and "the president is considering it". "Some of them have told me that we should have done it".

Such a move would certainly draw legal challenges, and Trump - who told lawmakers he would be willing to keep the government closed for months or even years - has said he would like to continue negotiations for now.

Daily Beast reporter Jackie Kucinich said that we've "already seen the results of this messaging", and that Trump's brand of fear-mongering doesn't work.

Presidents have been using Oval Office addresses to make big announcements for decades.

Democrats have said they support increased border security measures such as additional U.S. border agents and technology, but have rejected the administration's claims about the security risks at the border and have raised concerns that Trump will use his speech to present a false narrative.

Democrats, who control the U.S. House of Representatives, have rejected Trump's demand for $5.7 billion (4.5 billion pounds) to help build such a wall. As of Monday, every living president has said otherwise.

Meanwhile, caught in the middle of the Washington fray are about 800,000 federal workers, including Transportation Security Administration employees, who will miss their paycheck this week.

While explaining his position, Morgan recalled the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was initially created to "help protect the American people" and make USA borders "more secure", hinting that "the strategy has never changed". Fearing he could lose a messaging battle as more Americans feel the pain of a shuttered government, Trump will escalate his warnings that the country is unsafe without the border wall he promised as a candidate.

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