Monday, 25 March, 2019

Trump Mulls Declaring National Emergency Hours Before Address to Nation - Pence

President Trump speaks to reporters after meeting with members of Congress at the White House in Washington Trump Reportedly Trying to End Shutdown Without Looking Weak
Herman Weaver | 09 January, 2019, 05:10

"But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after the president's address that he had "chosen fear" in making the case to the American people for the border wall and Democrats "want to start with the facts".

Democrats, who ended the Trump presidency's dominance of domestic politics when they seized the House of Representatives from his Republicans in November, cried foul before a word was spoken.

Democrats have said they support increased border security measures such as additional USA border agents and technology, but have rejected the administration's claims about the security risks at the border and have raised concerns that Trump will use his speech to present a false narrative.

(According to the Toronto Star, the US 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. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) felt that Trump's willingness to compromise on the walls material could mean he was ready to negotiate.

Mr Trump is scheduled to visit the southwest border on Thursday and it was not clear whether he still might choose to make the national emergency declaration.

"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", Democrat leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement last night, even as various liberal quarters demanded that Trump's speech should be subjected to a delayed telecast to enable instant fact-checking given his propensity for lies and dissembling.

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Trump repeated his call for a wall on the border, calling it "absolutely critical to border security".

"The president was asked whether it [the national emergency option] is something he was considering, and he said it is something we are looking at...." Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans.

Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based near the border in Blaine, Wash., said those border guards - many of whom are supportive of the president's border-security efforts - may soon stop showing up for work as they begin to feel the shutdown's financial impact. Over Caesar salad and iced tea, Trump projected confidence that his strategy was working, Fox News Channel's Bret Baier reported.

In a pre-emptive move, the White House said Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also accused Mr Trump of trying to "govern by temper tantrum" and of manufacturing a crisis. That shutdown exemption would break from past practice and could be challenged.

Trump's remarks from the White House will also aim to shore up support among Republican lawmakers, who are wary of potential backlash from the public as the effects of the shutdown intensify. Federal workers still on the job apparently will miss this week's paychecks.

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