"But having said that, I think there is going to be significant political pressure on everybody when federal workers and contractors start missing their paychecks, or cant pay the rent or the mortgage, or put food on the table". "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?"
Earlier on Sunday, Trump had offered to erect a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall along the border to iron out differences with Democrats over the issue which has resulted in a partial government shutdown for over a fortnight.
The meeting was a "total waste of time", he said on Twitter. A wall. Who is going to pay for it?
When the White House officially requested airtime on Monday from the broadcast networks, as is customary in these cases, network executives deliberated about it for a few hours. And on "Fox and Friends", the judge stressed that a border wall would have to be funded by Congress whether Trump likes it or not. But if Republican senators, including West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, defect from his line, as they appear to be doing, it will become extremely hard for him to hold to it.
"Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now". "It is hard to argue this night was about anything other than pure politics - and the networks interrupted programming to accommodate it".
A similar address given by then-President Barack Obama in 2014 was not carried by most major networks, as Trump's was.
Exiting the White House, Democratic leaders did not dispute the substance of Trump's retelling of events.
In their televised reply to Trump, Democrat Chuck Schumer, the minority leader in the Senate, and Pelosi were equally firm about not funding an "ineffective, unnecessary border wall". Bernard Sanders, the far-left independent from Vermont whose 2016 presidential run made him a luminary of the Democratic Party's socialist wing.
Piling on were many potential 2020 contenders, as well as stars of the new Congress.
Without a resolution, the closure of several government operations could soon pose a threat to the delivery of food stamps and tax refunds for millions of Americans. The "Abolish ICE" movement has gained currency in numerous NY social circles she now represents in the House and on social media. "It was historic. Rarely does a president of the United States interrupt primetime television to warn us about a completely made-up thing".
Senator Doug Jones of Alabama said, "We need to dial back the rhetoric and not use fear". Bernie Sanders, also rejecting the president's characterization.
Mr Trump's allies believe there is a good chance the Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court would line up behind the GOP President - and if not, political blame can simply directed towards the justices who rule against him.