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

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

And the top Democrats in Congress - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY - followed minutes later by making the opposite case in their own televised remarks, saying a wall is not needed. A growing number of moderate Republican lawmakers also want the crisis to end, a shift from the first days of the shutdown that has increased pressure on Trump to back down.

"Since 2000 we haven't had an expand-the-base election", Spicer said.

Conway told Fox News: "This entire week, the president is trying to share with the American people what he knows first-hand, which is what is really happening at the border".

"Certainly it's hurting a lot of innocent people who are wondering whether they're going to get their check to pay their rent or their mortgage or put food on the table", Cornyn said.

He's not completely wrong: As The New York Times notes (citing a 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment), most of the heroin smuggled into the country does come in via the southern border with Mexico. Building a wall would do very little to stop drugs from coming into the country. For the sake of the nation and of his presidency, the president needs to relent on his hardline demand for over $5 billion in border wall funding, and should be willing to make a deal with the Democrats.

More news: McConnell accuses Democrats of throwing 'partisan tantrum' over shutdown
More news: NY Meteorologist Fired After Saying A Racial Slur On Air
More news: Lindsay Lohan wants to relaunch music career by recording song with sister

The Democratic leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, gave their response Tuesday to President Trump's prime-time Oval Office speech that called for border security. But the move would have sparked several legal challenges, and advisers in the White House were reportedly divided about whether to take that step. That plan included $1.3 billion for border security, though it stipulated that the funding could not be used for a wall.

Trump was still working closely with top aides, including his chief speechwriter and policy adviser Stephen Miller, into the afternoon to fine tune his speech, one person familiar with Trump's thinking said, and he has been known to make last-minute changes.

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". White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that he will use the visit to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis".

"The government's statistics show that there is less violent crime by the undocumented immigrant population than by the general population", he said.

Trump sought to put the blame on Democrats for the standoff, saying they "will not fund border security".

Related Articles

  • Taliban Calls Off Peace Talks In Qatar With U.S

    Taliban Calls Off Peace Talks In Qatar With U.S

    The US is seeking a lasting peace to the country's longest war, which as cost almost 1 trillion dollars and thousands of lives. Shamkhani was in Kabul last month for talks with the Taliban "to help curb the security problems in Afghanistan".
    Alvaro Morata to Sevilla is 'very, very complicated' says Joaquin Caparros

    Alvaro Morata to Sevilla is 'very, very complicated' says Joaquin Caparros

    But his form has drastically improved this season having netted eight goals in 16 showings with Sevilla third in the table. But with Sarri desperate to add to his striking options as soon as possible, Silva is now being viewed as another option.
    Ashleigh Barty beats No. 1 Simona Halep at Sydney International

    Ashleigh Barty beats No. 1 Simona Halep at Sydney International

    It certainly doesn't get me any free points, but it changes the tempo and allows me to control the point a little bit better". Earlier on Wednesday, Samantha Stosur was knocked out in a two-sets-to-one loss to Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky.
  • J. Cole Readies Dreamville Label Compilation with Bas, JID, EarthGang

    J. Cole Readies Dreamville Label Compilation with Bas, JID, EarthGang

    On the very top of the poster are a number of artists who have received their invitation for the same. This time around, it will be interesting to see how this compilation album performs commercially.
    Bill Gates desires to ‘invest heavily’ in Pakistan’s IT sector

    Bill Gates desires to ‘invest heavily’ in Pakistan’s IT sector

    Khan said Pakistan continued to take polio eradication as a national public health emergency. Dr Tedros briefed the prime minister about a polio donors' conference in Islamabad .
    Here's how powerful your Irish passport is

    Here's how powerful your Irish passport is

    Japan topped the ranking once again this year, with its citizens permitted to travel to 190 countries without a prior visa. Meanwhile, Ireland was ranked seventh alongside Belgium, Canada and Greece all of which can travel to 184 destinations.
  • Fortnite Set to Star at the 2019 Australian Open

    Fortnite Set to Star at the 2019 Australian Open

    Content creators Kathleen "Loserfruit" Belsten, Lachlan, Muselk, Lazarbeam and MrFreshAsian have all signed on for the event. Registration opens on January 9 and can be found on the Australian Open website .
    Acer’s Latest Gaming Laptop Has a Really Weird Hinge

    Acer’s Latest Gaming Laptop Has a Really Weird Hinge

    Acer has also introduced its first Chromebook that's powered by AMD A-series processors with Radeon graphics . It will come at a starting price of $279.99 which roughly converts to around Rs. 19,400.
    NBA looking into circumstances of Cavs’ McCaw signing

    NBA looking into circumstances of Cavs’ McCaw signing

    The NBA will investigate the signing and quick release of guard Patrick McCaw , per the Golden State Warriors' request. It's unclear how long the NBA's review will take, or what - if anything - the Warriors are seeking.
  • Euro  9m in Monero Demanded in High Profile Norwegian Kidnapping Case

    Euro 9m in Monero Demanded in High Profile Norwegian Kidnapping Case

    Chief investigator Tommy Broeske said 68-year-old Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen has been missing since October 31. Kidnappings are rare in Norway, a Scandinavian nation of 5.3 million that prides itself on low crime rates.
    Queen Fires Back At Critics For Poor Bohemian Rhapsody Reviews

    Queen Fires Back At Critics For Poor Bohemian Rhapsody Reviews

    The majority of critics felt the movie was all over the place and did a disservice to the memory of Freddie Mercury . In the past five years, the top acting awards at the Globes and the Oscars have matched three times.

    Oracle’s Larry Ellison reveals $1-billion stake in Tesla

    Ellison is the world's ninth-richest person with a net worth of US$51.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Tesla shares were up 1.21 percent, to $339.03 per share, as of half an hour after the opening of market trading.