Pres. Trump plans prime-time address, border visit over shutdown

Trump ‘May declare a national emergency’ to build wall

President Donald Trump plans to speak to the nation during a prime time address Tuesday night.

A short while after Sanders' tweet, Trump said in his own Twitter post that he will address the nation on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT Wednesday) to discuss what he called a humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern US border.

He said he will be speaking Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House as he walks from Marine One, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington.

"Now that the television networks have chose to air the president's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement.

Trump has not backed down from his demand for more than $5 billion in funding for the border wall.

A Democratic aide said Sunday's meeting started about 45 minutes late, and despite the delay they still did not receive a full budget justification. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll last month found that Americans - by a 21-point margin, 57 percent to 36 percent - wanted Trump to compromise on the wall instead of shutting down the government. "Many details of Border Security were discussed".

However, in what could be read as a gesture to appease Democrats, the Trump administration is now offering $800 million in aid to address humanitarian needs at the border, including better medical care and additional facilities for processing and holding those in temporary custody considered to be the most "vulnerable population".

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In a statement tweeted by Bloomberg News' Jennifer Epstein, the congressional Democratic leaders charged "now that the television networks have made a decision to air the president's address, which if his past statement are any indication, will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime". "Some of them have told me that we should have done it".

Two congressional sources told CNN ahead of the meeting that aides were expecting to be given the White House's budget justification for about $5.7 billion for the border wall. And it repeats some existing funding requests for detention beds and security officers, which have already been panned by Congress and would likely find resistance among House Democrats.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called it "an action necessary to make sure working families received their tax refunds on schedule".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has declined to pass a funding bill that does not include funding for the wall.

Friday is a scheduled payday for federal workers.

Trump reaffirmed that he would consider declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress and spend money as he saw fit.

A threatened shutdown of the United States government would see hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed and many more working without pay.

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