Trump's address, which marked his first live remarks from the Oval Office, came in the midst of apartial government shutdown that hinges on his demand for $5.7 billion to fund a wall at the country's southern border.
President Donald Trump said in his Oval Office address that there is a "growing humanitarian and security crisis" at the U.S. -Mexico border, though crossings have fallen in recent years. That includes building new infrastructure and roads, installing technology to scan cars as they cross the border, and "hiring personnel to facilitate trade and immigration at the border".
Coverage of President Donald Trump's primetime address and the response from Congressional Democrats pulled in over 40 million viewers across all networks that carried the speeches. MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow were already pre-fact checking the president, offering corrections to claims they expected him to make and offered liberal-friendly speculation about how the shutdown might end.
And the fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis and must reopen the government. Tonight - and throughout this debate and his presidency - President Trump has appealed to fear, not facts; division, not unity. Wallace replied that it would but this would not be enough because the Democrats still won the House in the midterms with the border wall being Trump's main issue. "Last night, he showed he also could be more like the old-style presidents". "30 million Americans have no health insurance..." Federal workers are about to miss a paycheck.
These sorts of events are usually reserved for national emergencies, tragedies, or exceptional news events.
My fellow Americans, there is no challenge so great that our nation can not rise to meet it. We want our border wall, like we promised, though we promised that the Mexicans would pay for it.' So it's not the promise. And we can welcome legal immigrants and refugees without compromising safety and security.
Veteran ABC anchor Ted Koppel, speaking with The New York Times, said Trump deserved the "benefit of the doubt". "He's just one of us".
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