Trump to focus on border 'crisis,' seek wall support in televised address

Pelosi offers chilling impression of Trump

This was clear at the beginning of the shutdown, because he had initially agreed to fund the government without money for a border wall - and he only called off that deal at the last minute when he saw how angry it made conservative media figures. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY on Monday night said any spending bill with that much wall funding "can't pass either chamber of Congress". For hours, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and CNN had internal debates on whether to air the address to the nation.

"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.

The administration has steadfastly refused to take steps that would restore funding to some agencies, believing the shutdown is its best leverage to secure the wall funds. That's because of stats like those compiled by the Washington Post's Fact Checker team: the president, through December 31, Trump has uttered 7,645 false or misleading statements. Hoyer said he believes even more Republicans could join them later this week when Democrats begin holding votes on individual spending bills that were written past year by GOP committees.

"I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue", Carter said in a statement tweeted by The Carter Center on Monday afternoon.

Democrats say Trump's request is too high and urge Trump to support passage of legislation funding the government immediately and then negotiate border security, including a wall, over the next few weeks.

During the shutdown, President Trump cancelled a planned trip to Florida for the holidays and has remained at the White House. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it".

Pence says he's seen "clips of previous presidents talking about the importance of border security and the importance of addressing illegal immigration". Fearing he could lose a messaging battle as more Americans feel the pain of a shuttered government, Trump will escalate his warnings that the country is unsafe without the border wall he promised as a candidate.

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Amid his talk of crisis, Trump is considering declaring the border situation a national emergency.

It's unclear where the shutdown stalemate ends.

While both of these statutes provide some legal cover if the president declares a state of emergency to fund the border wall, they each raise important questions. An effort is being made to hold the GOP coalition together on behalf of the president and border security.

But he said that if Trump did use a national emergency, the president would be like authoritarian leaders of other nations who use martial law to circumvent the rule of law.

Pence also said the idea of an emergency declaration remains a possibility.

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

But Trump and the Transportation Security Administration pushed back on any suggestion that the call-outs represented a "sickout" that was having a significant effect on USA air travel. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks Friday as the shutdown drags through a third week.

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