Trump pleads on TV for wall funding to fix border ‘crisis’

Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House

The House Majority Leader says Democrats could possibly sue if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency on the nation's southern border in order to build his long-promised wall.

Trump announced Monday that he will speak to the nation Tuesday night about illegal immigration and border security as the US enters day 18 of a partial government shutdown in a fight over funding a border wall.

ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox broadcasting, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and MSNBC will air the Democratic rebuttal to the address after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested an equivalent slot to the president's, reported The Associated Press.

Trump, who will visit the Mexican border in person on Thursday, invited the Democrats to return to the White House to meet with him on Wednesday, saying it was "immoral" for "politicians to do nothing".

Following the president's address on Tuesday, Smith fact-checked a number of the claims made by Trump, such as murder rates among undocumented migrants and drug flows, which did not match government statistics, Mediaite reported.

Drugs, terrorists, violent criminals, and child traffickers trying to enter our country though our southern border.

Pence says he's seen "clips of previous presidents talking about the importance of border security and the importance of addressing illegal immigration". "Justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve".

"[Trump] used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis", the Brooklynite added.

The president often highlights such incidents, though studies over several years have found immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States.

With his use of a formal White House speech instead of his favored Twitter blasts, Trump embraced the ceremonial trappings of his office as he tries to exit a political quagmire of his own making.

The debate over funding for the barrier has been at the center of a partial federal government shutdown.

Smith then asked Chris Wallace about whether the president's address had made the case for Trump's base.

Schumer said, "The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a thirty-foot wall".

Trump sought to put the blame on Democrats for the standoff, saying they "will not fund border security".

"Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes", said Schumer, D-N.Y.

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