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Trump Jr. put on blast for comparing border wall to ZOO FENCE

Trump Jr. put on blast for comparing border wall to ZOO FENCE

At present, the government has been partially shut down for 18 days as Trump struggles to reach a deal with congressional Democrat leaders to fund the wall.

But with the shutdown directly tied to the border wall - Trump's demand of $5.7 billion to fund his border wall has been met with resistance in Congress - many are, rightfully, concerned that Trump will use this speech to spew racist insults and misinformation. So the four major broadcasters and cable news networks showed him, while also airing rebuttals from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and making provisions of their own to pounce on misstatements.

"Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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"She said no. And he just got up and said: 'Then we have nothing to discuss, ' and he just walked out". He did not mention the caravan that was coming to get us three months ago. Even if they were get it, which the Democrats say they won't, it would not be keeping a promise.

Hours before Trump's address, White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway said that no decision has been made with regard to declaring a national emergency. This barrier is absolutely critical to border security.

As almost 800,000 federal workers still go without pay, the president remained at an impasse with congressional Democrats as he prepared to head to Capitol Hill to huddle with members of his own party behind closed doors on Wednesday.

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the group had a "robust exchange" and "questions were asked and answered". A sign declares all national parks are closed due to a partial federal government shutdown in Washington , US.

Speaking in a measured, calm and composed way in contrast to his usual blustery, hectoring style, Trump said the border wall on the Mexican border was necessary to not only keep out illegal immigrants and criminals, but also the drugs that were ravaging country resulting in thousands of deaths every year.

"They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside", Trump said.

The shutdown is the third under Trump's watch and the longest since 1995. Interestingly, the Trump speech from the White House and the Democrats' response from the Capital building were perfectly matched on FNC, which will not be good news to that frequent viewer at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The president alleged that the Democrats in Congress had failed to acknowledge the crisis and refused to provide the border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect families and the nation. "I think most Americans understand that it's purely political". There is bipartisan legislation - supported by Democrats and Republicans - to re-open government while allowing debate over border security to continue. Ann Coulter, who has pressured the White House away from immigration compromise before, said: "Beautiful speech".

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"This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border", he added. "The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country", Trump said.