Democrats Seek Equal TV Time to Respond to Trump Border Address

Democrats Seek Equal TV Time to Respond to Trump Border Address

Democrats Seek Equal TV Time to Respond to Trump Border Address

The president told reporters Sunday that his decision on whether to declare an emergency would hinge on the status of an ongoing political impasse with Democrats over the president's demand that a border wall be funded as part of an agreement to reopen shuttered portions of the federal government.

The White House counsel's office continues to deliberate on the legality of the step, but multiple people familiar with the matter said Trump was not expected to announce a national emergency in his speech on Tuesday.

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Despite Trump campaigning for a wall and increased border security in the run-up to the midterm elections, Democrats gained control of the House and polls have shown most Americans oppose the president's proposed wall. Mexico has refused to do so.

Trump's opponents have urged television networks to be aggressive in fact-checking any false statements.

President Donald Trump insists a wall be built on the U.S. -Mexico border to maintain national security.

Pressure to reach a deal to end the shutdown is likely to grow as its effects are increasingly felt, including possible cuts in food stamp programs for the poor.

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

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Pence were asked why the administration is now asking for $5.7 billion for the wall and billions more in additional funds above and beyond what the House and Senate Appropriations committees passed in their fiscal 2019 DHS spending bills.

In addition to the power granted to Trump in the National Emergencies Act, there is also an express reference in federal regulations that allows for the declaration of an "immigration emergency" to cope with an "influx of aliens" so great in magnitude that it renders the administration of USA immigration laws ineffective.

The emphasis on a crisis comes as Trump considers declaring a national emergency in an effort to bypass Congress and build the wall without its approval. This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me. About 800,000 government workers are furloughed or working without pay.

Trump has threatened to drag on the shutdown for months or even years if he does not get funding for the border wall. Pence noted that the Democrats said they would not negotiate until the government was reopened. In recent days, he has selectively noted that top Democratic figures like former President Barack Obama and the his 2016 campaign foe, Hillary Clinton, both voted for border fence funding when they were senators during the George W. Bush administration.

"A wall is an immorality, it's not who we are as a nation.We are not doing a wall", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters after the passage of the bills in the House.

Over the weekend, the federal agency tasked with guaranteeing US airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of employees missing work or calling in sick.

Serparate reporting from the Wall Street Journal suggests that Trump isn't going to declare a national emergency Tuesday night, a proposal he has floated as a reckless power grab to obtain funds for uild a border wall.

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