United States government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech

Trump to visit Mexico border

The Democrats' unwillingness to appropriate funding for a border wall led to the shutdown.

Asked at what point workers' pain outweighs the president's desire for a border barrier, Pence said the administration understands the burden faced by government workers but hopes "we don't find out".

"You know that we could resolve this in a matter of hours if the Democrats would come to the table and start negotiating in good faith", Pence told CBS News' "This Morning." . Initially, Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the boarder wall.

The four living ex-presidents do not back Trump up on this claim. Harrowing tales are starting to emerge from the fallout due to the shutdown, including airport security workers calling in sick because they have not been paid and therefore can not make it to work.

"Nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists were apprehended attempting to come into the United States through various means in the a year ago", Pence said on ABC's "Good Morning America". The Democrats said no way, no wall.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly rejected Trump's demand that 5.6 billion USA dollars be added to the 2019 budget to fund the border wall. Eastern from the Oval Office "on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border". He wants $5 billion for part of a border wall.

Experts say if the shutdown persists, Canadians entering the USA will see an escalating impact at the northern border, where Customs and Border Protection officials are working without pay because their jobs are considered an essential service.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded to the planned speech by asserting Democrats should have airtime to respond to Trump.

Many Trump critics posted messages on social media urging the networks not to air an address that could be filled with falsehoods.

"I may declare a national emergency dependent on what's going to happen over the next few days", the president reiterated his intention while meeting the press on Sunday.

"We don't think that's the American way", Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday.

This comes after there was no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, with Trump standing firm in his border wall funding demands. In December, he said he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the issue but has since blamed Democrats.

At the White House, spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp complained that Democratic leaders have yet to define what they mean when they say they are for enhancing border security.

Mr. Trump is demanding $5.7 billion for border wall funding, while Democrats say they won't fund his wall.

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