Exasperated Democrats called Trump's behaviour a "temper tantrum" and said the meeting broke down when they refused to commit to funding his proposed southern border wall. Even worse, Trump's address showcased that there's likely no end in sight to the government shutdown that's heading into its third week. Trump often issues video messages from the White House, but has been more gun-shy than other presidents to use the bully pulpit of the primetime address to whip support on a political issue. Both Trump and the Democrats have agreed there is a crisis at the border.
In an instant rebuttal, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the real problem was Trump's "cruel and counter-productive policies" that have made the border ever more risky for vulnerable migrants, including young families.
"All the major networks covered his speech live, and for good reason", Jimmy Kimmel began.
"The president made no news and no new proposals", he said.
"They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside", Trump said.
Still, a grass-roots uprising against the networks did not materialize.
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The networks' decision should have been a no-brainer, said Christina Bellantoni, director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California.
"So with that as a caveat, the president spoke".
"I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done. She raised her hand and said, 'No, not at all, '" he said.
She scoffed at complaints about giving Mr. Trump free rein.
Fact-checking teams at United States media outlets quickly took issue with a number of Trump's assertions - for instance, his vastly overstated claim that every day USA agents at the border with Mexico "encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country". "He isn't entitled to prime time coverage to essentially make the case for his campaign pledge - and to continue to spread unsafe lies to appease his right-wing base".
"Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", they wrote.
ABC, NBC and CBS all took a pass on airing Mr. Obama's immigration speech.
However, this notion that the U.S.is only crime-ridden because of undocumented immigrants is false.