President Donald Trump is set to address the nation from the White House on Tuesday, in a primetime speech expected to touch on the border wall and government shutdown.
As the shutdown enters day 18, the Trump administration has attempted to cast the illegal immigration at the southern border as a “crisis” that can only be remedied by a border wall. Trump is expected to drive that home in his speech on Tuesday night — which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said will make serious news.
All cable and broadcast networks are going to air the president’s eight-minute speech, from Fox News to Univision. They also plan to air a rebuttal from Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after the address.
One twist to watch out for: Trump may declare a national emergency at the border, which would (if it’s even possible) allow him to circumvent congressional approval to build the wall. Administration sources, according to reports, have said that for now Trump does not plan to take this controversial route.
Either way, the administration is at an impasse with Democrats, and the government will remain partially shuttered until an agreement is reached. The disagreement is simple: Trump wants a border wall, and Democrats have said there’s no chance he gets it.
The address will start at 9 p.m. EST. Watch live above, via the White House.
Watch the rebuttal from Pelosi and Schumer here.
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