No end in sight for shutdown after Trump reinforces border wall demand

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

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith went off on President Donald Trump's refusal to reopen the government until Congress approves funding for his border wall, calling out his "long broken" promise to have Mexico pay for the structure.

Mr Trump said the wall is not "immoral" as he said wealthy politicians build walls and fences around their homes because they love the people on the inside, not because they hate people on the outside. "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

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

Trump gave a nine-minute prime-time address Tuesday night to make the case for his signature domestic policy idea, but made no concessions to opposition Democrats.

"As for the trade deal he mentioned with Mexico, which he said would pay for the wall, that trade deal is not yet complete". Ninety per cent of which floods across from our southern border.

Also outside the White House, top Republicans accused Democrats of intransigence.

Curt Mills is the foreign-affairs reporter at the National Interest, where he covers the State Department, National Security Council and the Trump Presidency.

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This was the third meeting at the White House between Trump and congressional leaders over the impasse.

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"How much more American blood will be shed before Congress does its job?" he asked. This barrier is absolutely critical to border security.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered televised rebuttals to Trump's speech.

Fact-checking teams at USA media outlets quickly took issue with a number of Trump's assertions - for instance, his vastly overstated claim that every day U.S. agents at the border with Mexico "encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country".

He said of the situation at the border: "This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

Democrats and other opponents of a border wall had threatened to take legal action if Trump issued the order.

"President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis and must reopen the government", said Pelosi.

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. They are particularly concerned about the administration's talk of possibly declaring a national emergency at the border, seeing that as an unprecedented claim on the right of Congress to allocate funding except in the most dire circumstances. Such a move would likely be met with a court challenge.

The bottom line? There wasn't any new information in Trump's first Oval Office address; it was the same old racism and the same old xenophobia.

"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it", Trump said of the border visit, according to the Times.

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