Last night President Trump went on national TV to explain the need for a border wall. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer gave their response a few minutes later.
Complete video of the President’s address and the democratic response are at the end.
Here are some of the morning headlines:
Politico: Trump ratchets up plea for a border wall, calling it ‘a crisis of the soul’.
The president, however, did not pull the trigger on a national emergency declaration that would potentially allow him to secure wall funding without Congress but would also inevitably draw a nasty court battle. Instead, he dedicated much of the address to blaming undocumented immigrants for many of the nation’s woes, from opioid addiction to violent crime — correlations that have been repeatedly debunked.
FOX News: Trump, in first-ever prime time Oval Office address, laments ‘crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul’ at border.
President Trump used his first-ever prime time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night to make his case for funding a southern border wall — as well as to emphasize the human cost of what he called the “growing humanitarian and security crisis” of surging illegal immigration.
The speech, which was followed moments later by a rebuttal from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, drew seemingly deep lines in the sand as Republicans and Democrats plan to meet Wednesday to continue negotiations to end the ongoing partial federal government shutdown over border wall funding, now in its third week. Trump has said the shutdown could last for “years” if no deal is reached.
ABC News: In prime-time address, Trump argues national security ‘crisis’ at southern border
President Donald Trump used his first Oval Office address to the nation to urge Congress to address what he called a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border by approving funds for a border wall to address drug trafficking and illegal immigration, giving no indication that he plans to abandon his effort amid the 18-day government shutdown.
“This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul,” he said.
New York Times: Trump’s National Address Escalates Border Wall Fight.
Embarking on a strategy that he himself privately disparaged as unlikely to work, Mr. Trump devoted the first prime-time Oval Office address of his presidency to his proposed barrier in hopes of enlisting public support in an ideological and political conflict that has shut the doors of many federal agencies for 18 days.
The Hill: Pelosi, Schumer slam Trump for using Oval Office to ‘stoke fear’
Congressional Democratic leadership ripped President Trump on Tuesday night, accusing him of trying to “stoke fear” with his calls for a wall on the Mexican border, which have led to a partial government shutdown.
Breitbart: Donald Trump Oval Office Address: Border Security ‘A Choice Between Right and Wrong’
“This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice,” Trump said in his eight-minute address, describing it as “a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.”
Wall Street Journal: Trump Makes His Case for a Border Wall as Shutdown Drags On
President Trump in a prime-time address Tuesday said a wall along the southern border is key to national security, as he called for lawmakers to fund it and end a partial government shutdown that is days away from becoming the longest in U.S. history.
President Trump Addresses The Nation On Immigration: “A Crisis Of The Soul”
Pelosi, Schumer Deliver Response to Trump: End Shutdown And We Will Resolve Differences On Border