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

Danny Woods
January 9, 2019

After the four major networks chose to give President Trump the opportunity to address the nation during prime time at 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, broadcasters announced Tuesday morning would carry the Democratic response, which will be delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who have they anticipate, based on Trump's past statements, that Trump's speech will be "full of malice and misinformation". Media reports suggest that he will stop short of declaring a national emergency on day 18 of a partial government shutdown.

Opinions were divided as some criticized Trump's insinuation that there was a "border crisis", while others sided with the president's call for building the wall. "A crisis of the heart, and a crisis of the soul", Trump said in the prime time address from the Oval Office.

Trump did not mention that idea Tuesday night. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans.

"This whole border security crisis ... it really, I believe, is a manufactured crisis", he said, adding that it's distracting from issues like health care and education. "The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country".

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Trump was to get a personal sense of the concern -and perhaps questions about his strategy - from those in his own party at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers.

Trump was almost halfway through his 9-minute address before he mentioned the wall, describing it as a request from law enforcement rather than his longstanding political pledge. "At the request of Democrats it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall".

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

She noted that the House passed legislation to reopen government on the first day of the new Congress. And Senate Democrats have approved similar funding year after year.

The White House is trying to keep jittery congressional Republicans from defecting over the toll the partial government shutdown is taking in their states. Vice President Mike Pence met privately with House Republicans, urging them to "stand strong" and insisting the White House wants to negotiate, according to people familiar with the conversation.

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