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U.S. government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech

U.S. government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech

Previewing his remarks, expected to last eight minutes, Vice-President Mike Pence told TV interviewers that Trump would outline "a genuine humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border".

The major television networks and some cable television news stations will air President Donald Trump's speech to the nation live on January 8.

Cable news networks, including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, will also show the response, amid concerns that Trump would use the bully pulpit to make unsubstantiated claims and would need to be extensively fact checked.

(According to the Toronto Star, the USA president had made almost 4,000 false claims as of December 5 for an average of 5.8 per day.) Recently, the White House has been trying to justify funding a wall on the notion that there is a new crisis at the southern border, when in fact the number of people trying to cross the border has been in decline for nearly two decades.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House Democratic leadership had not yet worked out a strategy for how to respond if Trump declared a national emergency in to circumvent Congress and build the wall.

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Migrants break through the US border fence just beyond the east pedestrian entrance of the San Ysidro crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. During the talks, Trump reaffirmed his plans to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico and listened to Democrats' funding requests related to USA national security, Pence said.

The prototypes for Trump's border wall are seen behind the border fence between Mexico and the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico.

She said: "The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government". He's asked Congress for $5.6 billion.

"We're going to continue to carry that case forward until the Democrats in Congress come to the table and start negotiating, not just to end the government shutdown but to address what is an undeniable crisis at our southern border".

The president's prime-time address has been controversial because of Trump's propensity for lying.

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The Democratic leaders were due to give on-air rebuttals immediately after Mr Trump's speech.

Trump explained in his speech the barrier was critical to security with thousands of Americans killed by those who had illegally entered the country.

Curbing illegal immigration was one of the main campaign promises Mr Trump made when he ran for president.

Leaning on Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing anxious about the impact of the shutdown, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen shuttered federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds. While Trump has previously described the situation on the border that way - including when he directed active duty troops there ahead of the midterm elections- he has never signed an official proclamation.

The tweet continued to say that "we are now planning a steel barrier rather than concrete", and called it a "good solution".

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