Major Networks Will Cover Schumer And Pelosi’s Rebuttal To Trump’s National Address

09 January, 2019, 04:41 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • WIELDING POWER Nancy Pelosi being sworn in as speaker

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a televised response after Trump speaks.

NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and Fox broadcast network all said on Monday that they had agreed to the White House's request for air time.

"Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", Pelosi and Schumer said.

Congressional Democrats, while saying they are also committed to strengthening border security, view the wall as both immoral and ineffective.

Many Trump critics posted messages on social media urging the networks not to air an address that could be filled with falsehoods.

The governors say federal workers are being hurt and state business is being affected by shutdowns of federal departments and agencies.

The White House believes it's another attempt to delay and kick the can down the road.

Trump has long maintained that a border wall is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigration and drugs, and in recent weeks has made the issue a priority.

Instead, Trump is expected to focus on making his case to the public that the situation on the southern border is a crisis and argue that the wall is a necessary remedy.

Asked about the possibility of legal challenges and whether the White House counsel's office had reviewed the matter thoroughly, Pence told reporters: "They're looking at it, and the president is considering it".


"They tell us the border crisis is the worst it's ever been". We're talking about national security.

Trump on Sunday renewed his threat to declare a national emergency over border security as negotiations to end a partial government shutdown continued.

While fans of the president often portray Trump as a master manipulator who is always thinking several moves ahead of his opponents, the reality is that he mostly just lurches from impulse to impulse.

House Democrats have voted to reopen the government without any funding for a border barrier.

"This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me", Trump said.

The four living ex-presidents do not back Trump up on that claim.

Federal employees will feel the pinch from the shutdown on Friday, when they will miss their paychecks for the first time, unless a deal is reached.

While explaining his position, Morgan recalled the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was initially created to "help protect the American people" and make U.S. borders "more secure", hinting that "the strategy has never changed".

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement denying that he and Mr. Trump had any such conversation.

Trump could opt to use his Oval Office talk to target Democratic senators who are gearing up for potentially tough re-election fights in 2020, such as Alabama's Doug Jones, New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen and Minnesota's Tina Smith.

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