Pelosi, Schumer say Democrats should get 'equal airtime' after Trump address

Pelosi, Schumer say Democrats should get 'equal airtime' after Trump address”

The president's remarks will run no longer than eight minutes, according to the White House.

Trump has maintained throughout his presidency his commitment to building the wall, and he has battled with Democrats hellbent on opposing it every step of the way. The partial government shutdown is on its 17th day. He was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other senior administration officials. Democrats have also previously said they support securing the border, but many of them will not explain how they intend to do so without a barrier.

Trump has argued the wall is necessary for national security and has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan.

- President Trump has announced he will deliver prime-time address Tuesday night on what he calls a border "crisis" amid ongoing shutdown fight.

Trump tweeted that he would address the nation during prime time on January 8.

The government shut down in late 2018, before Christmas, when Senate Democrats refused to back a House-passed government funding bill that would have provided more than $5 billion in funding for the wall.

In a tweet Monday, Trump said he would address the nation on "the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border" on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. "Many details of Border Security were discussed".

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this President doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion dollar wall on the border", Schiff said.

On Sunday, Trump pledged not to bend in his demand money for the wall but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund it.

Over the weekend, the White House did formalize its request for $5.7 billion to fund the border wall - a number Pence said Monday Trump will not retreat from.

Russell Vought, OMB's acting director, said tax refunds for Americans will be processed and will be not be considered "non-accepted activities" during the shutdown.

Within the past two weeks, Democratic leadership visited the White House twice to negotiate a deal with the president, and failed.

However, three of the four living former presidents have denied telling Trump they wished they had built the wall, and the other has strongly opposed the idea in public remarks.

Responding to Democrats' request, the Office of Management and Budget sent a revised estimate for the proposals for wall funding to the U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has flatly rejected providing any funding for a border wall to resolve the stalemate.

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