Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he ‘stokes fear'

Ruben Ruiz
January 9, 2019

President Donald Trump made a somber televised plea for border wall funding Tuesday night, seeking an edge in his shutdown battle with congressional Democrats as he declared there is "a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

Trump and the Democrats have been dueling during a partial government shutdown over his demands for - and their opposition to - $5.7 billion to begin building a border wall with Mexico.

Following Trump's address, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California gave an opposition response. Sanders said Trump "lies all the time", citing the president's assertions that Mexico would pay for the wall and his claims about the number of terrorists and amount of illegal drugs flowing across the border.

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

After the four major networks made a decision to give President Trump the opportunity to address the nation during prime time at 9 p.m. But critics say the security risks are overblown and the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation.

Trump spoke of a "humanitarian and security crisis" at the border and invoked cases such as that of a police officer "savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien". "Our responsibility is to do what we think is in the best interest of the American people and the effective and efficient operations of their government".

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Schumer said Trump "just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration".

"Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who have illegally entered our country", Trump said.

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

Schumer says, "American democracy doesn't work that way". You can watch Trump's address here. "Unfortunately, President Trump keeps rejecting the bipartisan House-passed bills". Vice President Mike Pence met privately with House Republicans, urging them to "stand strong" and insisting the White House wants to negotiate, according to people familiar with the conversation.

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