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Every living president has refuted Trump's claim about supporting the wall

Every living president has refuted Trump's claim about supporting the wall

Trump announced Monday that he will speak to the nation Tuesday night about illegal immigration and border security as the USA enters day 18 of a partial government shutdown in a fight over funding a border wall. Shortly after the president's remarks conclude, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a response, expected to be about five minutes long. For hours, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and CNN had internal debates on whether to air the address to the nation.

On Monday afternoon, Trump tweeted that he will address the nation on "Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border", without disclosing what decision will be announced during his televised speech on Tuesday evening. "It's not likely that Democrats will give him a huge, huge win-both symbolically and practically on this wall".

Trump has made 7,600 false or misleading statements since he became president, and some have proved more hard than others to fact-check.

"The wall only pushes people out to more unsafe, treacherous crossings, creating even more death", she said.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the group had a "robust exchange" and "questions were asked and answered".

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A White House official who has read an early draft of the speech says it contains anecdotes about families affected by illegal immigration and cites statistics created to justify Trump's demands for a border barrier and the now-18-day government shutdown.

"I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue", Mr. Carter said in a statement issued by the Carter Center. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush told Politico they hadn't spoken with the White House. "I think all of us who look at what they have here believe that that is true".

A sign declares all national parks are closed due to a partial federal government shutdown in Washington, US. Trump said in his campaign's fundraising email.

"When he [Trump] says that this is a national security problem - he is absolutely correct".

The four living ex-presidents do not back Trump up on that claim.

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Castro, a Democrat from San Antonio, is leading a Congressional delegation visiting the Border Patrol facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico to investigate the death of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, the second child to die in December after being apprehended crossing the border illegally.

The administration is also at least talking about declaring a national emergency to allow Trump to move forward on the wall without Congress approving the $5.6 billion he wants.

Trump has hinted in recent days that he may do so, amidst an impasse in negotiations with Democrats that has shut down the government. "Until the American people are convinced we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress".

Federal employees will feel the pinch from the shutdown on Friday, when they will miss their paychecks for the first time, unless a deal is reached.

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