President Donald Trump will make his case to Americans on Tuesday that a wall is urgently needed to resolve what he calls a crisis at the US-Mexico border, trying to make good on a campaign promise in a dispute that has sparked an 18-day partial government shut-down. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a televised response after Trump speaks. Meanwhile, cable news networks including MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and Fox Business will all skip their usual programming for the address as well.
All the major USA television networks agreed to air Trump's speech, prompting Democrats, who say a wall would be expensive, inefficient and immoral, to seek equal time. "It's not likely that Democrats will give him a huge, huge win-both symbolically and practically on this wall".
Many Trump critics posted messages on social media urging the networks not to air an address that could be filled with falsehoods.
The acting director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, Russ Vought, said tax refunds would be distributed despite the shutdown.
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President Donald Trump is caught between a wall and a hard place.
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Pence says he's seen "clips of previous presidents talking about the importance of border security and the importance of addressing illegal immigration".
As the president seeks to make a renewed case of urgency surrounding the situation at the southern border, he is drawing from similar rhetoric that he has used for years in discussing the topic.
"I may declare a national emergency dependent on what's going to happen over the next few days", Trump told reporters on Sunday.
This will be Trump's first Oval Office speech, and on Thursday he will travel to the southern border to highlight his demand for a barrier. "Unfortunately, President Trump keeps rejecting the bipartisan House-passed bills".
Obama's representatives didn't respond to CNN last week when asked if he was the former president who had spoken with Trump and praised the wall.
Adding to concerns of lawmakers, federal workers still on the job apparently will miss this week's paychecks.
But Democrats have made clear that they object to the wall itself, not what it's made of.
"This gun-at-our-head approach with closing down the government is the thing we most oppose", said Sen.
While explaining his position, Morgan recalled the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was initially created to "help protect the American people" and make U.S. borders "more secure", hinting that "the strategy has never changed".