Trump's prime-time bid to end border wall impasse falls flat

Border wall prototypes stand in San Diego near the Mexico-US border

Border wall prototypes stand in San Diego near the Mexico-US border

Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were meanwhile planning to hold an event with furloughed federal workers to highlight the impact of the shutdown, which has forced the closure of national parks, placed certain food and drug inspections on hold, and sparked concerns over air travel.

Mr Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency over the "crisis" at the border, bypassing congressional approval to build the wall.

"For those who refuse to compromise in the name of in the name of border security, I would ask, imagine if it was your child, your husband or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken", Trump said. Trump plans a personal visit to the Mexican border on Thursday as he tries to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats in the shutdown standoff. Schumer called on Trump to "separate the shutdown from arguments over border security", and let lawmakers pass "bipartisan legislation to reopen the government while allowing debate over border security to continue".

Multiple United States federal government departments and agencies have been closed since Congress refused to throw its support behind a bill to satisfy Trump's $5.6 billion demand for a border wall with Mexico - or even a "steel barrier". 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.

"This is an example of the president being nearly delusionary", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way", Thune said.

"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".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on January 8, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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Pressure will ramp up in the coming days as numerous 800,000 federal workers impacted miss out on a pay cheque for the first time since the shutdown begun.

Fox News dominated MSNBC and CNN during coverage of President Trump's Oval Office address and Democratic response on Tuesday night, according to early Nielsen data.

Trump offered no new solutions at a nationwide televised address on Tuesday evening, but instead insisted that a wall was necessary to stem the flow of illegal immigration.

Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration".

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

In his dire address, Trump ticked off a string of statistics and claims to make his case that there is a crisis at the border, but a number of his statements were misleading, such as saying the new trade deal with Mexico would pay for the wall, or suggesting through gruesome examples that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes. So sad. So awful.

He said his administration has given Congress a "tremendous" proposal to secure the border, developed by law enforcement professionals and border agents.

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