Fox News dominates CNN, MSNBC during presidential address with 8 million viewers

A section of the reinforced US — Mexico border fence on the Otay Mesa area San Diego County as seen from Tijuana in Baja California state Mexico

Trump has promised to keep it partially closed until Congress approves almost $6 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.

Facing Democratic opposition in Congress to a wall, Trump said in a prime-time televised speech that there was a growing security crisis at the U.S. -Mexico border.

About 800,000 federal employees, approximately half of whom are working without pay, have been affected by the ongoing shutdown now in its 19th day.

"I think certainly I have expressed more than a few times the frustrations with a government shutdown and how useless it is", Capito said Tuesday.

Pelosi and Schumer also emphasized an obvious fact: On the first day that the 116th Congress was in session, House Democrats, who now hold the majority, passed government spending legislation that was almost identical to what Senate Republicans passed at the tail-end of the 115th Congress.

Mr Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency over the "crisis" at the border, bypassing congressional approval to build the wall. After taking control of the House of Representatives last week, they passed a two-bill spending package that included more than $1.3bn for border security measures that do not include a wall.

At a private meeting with House Republicans, Vice President Mike Pence cited a C.S. Lewis quote calling courage a virtue, and he said Trump has no plans to retreat.

The Fox host also pushed back on Trump's claim that the number of illegal border crossings is on the rise, telling viewers that they have actually been going "steadily down over the past 10 years", and that the government reports "there is more outward traffic than inward traffic".

She blamed Trump's "obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall - a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for!" The White House feels no political pressure from Mr Trump's base supporters, who see immigration as a top issue and a wall as a permanent solution to the problem, White House aides say.

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"Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis..."

A Trump 2020 campaign official said: "Net win".

"Son, are you high right now?" reads another.

Some Democrats have in the past been willing to negotiate some sort of wall funding in exchange for presidential backing of immigration changes that would allow people brought to the US illegally as children receive legal status.

"There is a crisis that the president and his administration have created, and it's a humanitarian crisis of the people at the southern border whom are seeking asylum".

In giving a speech from the Oval Office, Trump was drawing on an often-used tactic of communication by his predecessors. But critics say the security risks are overblown and the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation.

Mr Trump asked those who "refuse to compromise" to "imagine if it was your child, your husband or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken".

He claimed to have met "dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration.I've held the hands of the weeping mothers".

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