Trump pleads on TV for wall funding to fix border ‘crisis’

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Trump is set to visit the U.S. -Mexico border Thursday, reported The Hill.

Penned in by the formal stagecraft of his first Oval Office address, the President did little to pry open the partially shuttered government or bring the ultimate monument to his political movement - a wall along the southern border - any closer to construction.

Trump sought to put the blame on Democrats for the standoff, saying they "will not fund border security".

Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has recently seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president has "chosen fear" in making the case to the American people for the border wall and Democrats "want to start with the facts".

The new House Democratic majority is promising to do something the party avoided when it last controlled the levers of power in Washington: pass gun legislation enhancing background check requirements for all gun purchases.

She says: "The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government".

Overall, Trump largely restated his case for the wall without offering concessions or new ideas on how to resolve the standoff that has kept large swaths of the government closed for the past 18 days.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump should reopen the government, while talks continue. But he says having failed, Trump is now "unable to convince Congress or the American people to foot the bill". Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans. "We don't govern by temper tantrum".

So, did the duelling speeches tonight change anybody's mind? The vice-president replied: "I know the president has said that that was his impression from previous administrations, previous presidents". "I think it is a waste of money".

"It helps the border agents do their jobs better", said another man.

Every country defends their borders.

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