3 former presidents deny praising Trump’s zeal to build border wall

08 January, 2019, 23:58 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • WIELDING POWER Nancy Pelosi being sworn in as speaker

Democrats have refused to pay for it.

Vice President Mike Pence wouldn't say whether Mr. Trump would declare a national emergency in an attempt to free up funding for his wall, something the president said he was considering.

Democrats and several immigration advocates have argued the administration's representation of the issue is inaccurate, and accused them of manufacturing a crisis for the political objective of building the border wall, which Trump campaigned for as a presidential candidate in 2016.

The fact-checking nonprofit PolitiFact, run by the Poynter Institute, said on Twitter that it will live fact-check the president's address Tuesday night.

Trump's remarks from the White House will also aim to shore up support among Republican lawmakers, who are wary of potential backlash from the public as the effects of the shutdown intensify.

The White House said the letter, as well as details provided during the meeting, sought to answer Democrats' questions about the funding request. The Democrats said no way, no wall.

The construction of a wall on the US's southern border with Mexico was one of Trump's key campaign promises and which so far has led to a three-week partial shutdown of the United States government.

But Trump and the Transportation Security Administration pushed back on any suggestion that the call-outs represented a "sickout" that was having a significant effect on USA air travel. In his tweet, he characterized the situation on the border as a "national security crisis", a description that even some people in his own party reject.

Ahead of the shutdown, Trump agreed to sign a budget without wall funding.

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House Democrats plan to pass a series of bills this week to reopen government, breaking up the legislation they have already approved in a bid to get Republicans to agree to reopen certain agencies, Hoyer said on "Meet the Press".

Pence says the president has invited Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi back to the White House to continue their discussions.

Trump has had little past interaction with his fellow members of the world's most exclusive club.

"We are making this as painless as possible, consistent with the law", he said. "And if we don't give him the time, he'll call every network partisan", one executive told CNN.

"We don't think that's the American way", Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday.

"I do not believe that holding government workers and all those affected by government services hostage is the way to determine how best to secure our borders, which everyone wants", said Sen.

"Yes. They absolutely work", he said.

The only other former president to have been alive during Trump's time in office is George H.W. Bush, who died in November.

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