Trump urges Senate Republicans to 'just hang together' on border battle

Calvin Saunders
January 10, 2019

In his speech, Trump reiterated his claims that the "thousands of illegal immigrants" entering the USA every day are hurting the economy, bringing heroin with them, and "[driving] down jobs and wages", and that his $5.7 billion border wall "would very quickly pay for itself"-claims that were swiftly called into question and labeled only partly true, if at all, by various fact-checking efforts. According to CBP data, officials encountered only six immigrants at ports of entry at the southern border whose names were on the federal government's suspected terrorists list in early 2018. "His message was just hang together, just stay cohesive", Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby of Alabama said after Trump departed.

Trump was almost halfway through his 9-minute address before he mentioned the wall, describing it as a request from law enforcement rather than his longstanding political pledge.

He asserts that the government remains shut down because Democrats won't fund border security.

In her rebuttal to Trump's address, Pelosi said that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders".

The president's trip to Capitol Hill is only his fifth public outing since the shutdown began in late December and it follows his first Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night looking to make his case directly to the public.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called on the networks to give Democrats a chance to respond.

"Like they've done with other presidents in other times, the networks should refuse to turn over the airwaves to Donald Trump tonight for what they know objectively to be a steady stream of lies", MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said on "Morning Joe" Tuesday.

"Last night the president spat more malice and misinformation appealing to fear instead of facts", Pelosi said.

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump should reopen the government, while talks continue.

But Tuesday morning, Pelosi and Schumer announced that they would "deliver a response to President Trump's 9:00 p.m. E.T. address Tuesday evening following the conclusion of his remarks". "They've voted for border security". Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks Friday as the shutdown drags through a third week.

The president says among those hit hardest by illegal immigration are African-Americans and Hispanics, though he did not provide any evidence to back that up.

She blamed Trump for rejecting the "bipartisan bills which would re-open government - over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall - a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for!"

Over the weekend, congressional staffers and the White House met multiple times in an effort to find common ground and reopen the government, but no progress was made.

"When asked by ABC News" Cecilia Vega why the president hasn't already declared a national emergency, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said it is "certainly still on the table".

Schumer says, "American democracy doesn't work that way".

"I'm not for it at all", said one man.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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