White House Announces Trump to Visit Southern Border

Geneva Stokes
January 8, 2019

And former Vice President Joe Biden said he "can't think of a single" past president who wanted a border wall.

Trump tweets that he will address the nation at 9 p.m.

Trump has previously given three prime-time televised addresses and two during the day, according to data compiled by CBS News.

The White House announced news of the border trip as the partial government shutdown continues into its 17th day, with no end in sight.

Pence said Trump also invited Democrats back to the White House to respond to its latest proposal to resolve the standoff over legislation to fund the government. The president will be visiting the Southern Border tomorrow morning.

"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.

Trump directed the White House budget office to take steps to mitigate the effects of the shutdown, including ensuring tax refunds are delivered, Pence told reporters. "How about he says, 'the wall is being built" and there's no wall.

More should be revealed about Trump's eventual endgame for the shutdown tomorrow.

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The office of management and budget of the White House has conveyed the change of plan in a letter to the Congress.

The White House did not say whether he planned to make such a declaration, which would nearly certainly face a legal challenge, on Tuesday night. The idea has been championed by acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and was a topic of discussion at Sunday's senior staff retreat at Camp David.

"Should we ask Nancy Pelosi about removing the walls that we already have on the border?" he asked. About 800,000 government workers have been either furloughed or working without pay since December 22. Transportation Security Administration officers at major airports around the country are not showing up for work. A Democratic aide said there was no progress.

Illegal immigration has been a galvanizing issue for Trump's political base and Trump is making the calculus that the government shutdown is his best chance to pressure Democrats into ceding on funding for the border wall.

"Y$3 ou'll see it because in January I'm going there", Trump said at the time.

Despite public polling indicating a majority of Americans oppose the construction of a border wall, Trump and his top advisers have continued to press their case. Democrats say there has been no evidence of suspected terrorists coming through the southern border and that Trump has no grounds to declare a national emergency over the issue. "We are willing to come to a deal to reopen the government".

Gutfeld added that Democrats agree with the president on border security, but they voice opposition for personal reasons against him.

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