USA government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech

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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".

Democrats have reminded the president about his pledge and, therefore, are willing to give him only $2 billion for the border security funding. About a quarter of USA agencies have been shut down since last month and hundreds of thousands of government workers are likely to miss paycheques this week.

There were two audiences for Donald Trump's address to the nation on Tuesday night.

Leaning on Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing anxious about the impact of the shutdown, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen shuttered federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

Mr Trump is backed by most of his party, though on Tuesday moderate Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Democrats in calling for an end to the shutdown before the border wall issue was resolved.

The paper reported it was unlikely Trump would declare a national emergency, citing sources familiar with Trump's planned remarks - although the president has been known to stray from the words put down on paper by aides.

Trump called on Democrats to return to the White House to meet with him, saying it was "immoral" for "politicians to do nothing".

Trump's gambit is that the solemn setting will allow him to regain the momentum on the Mexico wall issue that helped him get elected in 2016 and has become an obsessive goal for supporters.

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In a speech that will neither get the government running again nor change anyone's mind about anything, U.S. President Donald Trump will address the nation tonight in an attempt to make a prime-time case for his wall along the southern border-an effort most Americans have already said they don't support.

Harrowing tales are starting to emerge from the fallout due to the shutdown, including airport security workers calling in sick because they have not been paid and therefore can not make it to work. However, such a step would likely face an immediate legal challenges.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House Democratic leadership had not yet worked out a strategy for how to respond if Trump declared a national emergency in to circumvent Congress and build the wall. Once Trump finished his speech, CNN and other outlets quickly went to fact checkers to dispute some of the president's claims.

The number of illegal border crossings is down from 1.6 million in 2000 to less than 400,000 previous year.

Pence said on Monday that progress was made in weekend talks that he led between administration officials and congressional staff over how to break the funding impasse and reopen the government.

It invited representatives from cable news outlets to a White House lunch with Trump ahead of the address, a gesture that is typically reserved for the lead-up to State of the Union speeches.

A National Park Service ranger looks out onto the city from Trump International Hotel's historic clock tower, which remains open and staffed by the National Park Service despite the partial government shutdown.

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