Trump to take case for border wall to prime-time audience

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09 January, 2019

President Donald Trump said Friday that a former president had commended him for his commitment to securing funds to build a wall along the nation's southern border.

The White House said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to visit the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday, as the partisan fight over his demand for funding a border wall has left the federal government partially shut down for more than two weeks.

The list of networks that confirmed they're carrying the address includes: ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC.

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

Trump has made 7,600 false or misleading statements since he became president, and some have proved more hard than others to fact-check. That's the questions members and immigration experts are asking ahead of the big speech, which the White House says should wrap up in under 10 minutes.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters in a briefing on Monday that terrorists had crossed the border into the United States but that information about the number of such incidents was sensitive or classified.

The president told reporters Sunday that his decision on whether to declare an emergency would hinge on the status of an ongoing political impasse with Democrats over the president's demand that a border wall be funded as part of an agreement to reopen shuttered portions of the federal government. But critics say the security risks are overblown and the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation.

Such a move would certainly draw legal challenges, and Trump - who told lawmakers he would be willing to keep the government closed for months or even years - has said he would like to continue negotiations for now.

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In June, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pointed out that in 2013, long before Trump was elected, every Senate Democrat supported a $40 billion funding effort to step up protection of the border, a proposal that would have provided funding to hire thousands of border agents and hundreds of miles of fencing.

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement denying that he and Mr. Trump had any such conversation.

The first permits the president to use funding already allocated to military construction to begin "military construction projects not otherwise authorized by law".

"When he [Trump] says that this is a national security problem - he is absolutely correct".

He's also floated the possibility of declaring an emergency to complete his oft-repeated campaign promise.

Democrats have asked for the networks to air a rebuttal of Trump's address.

Because of it, the government has been partially shut down since December 22 and hundreds of thousands of federal workers have either been furloughed or are working without pay.


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