Pres. Trump plans prime-time address, border visit over shutdown

The White House did not provide details of Mr Trump's trip, but the planned visit will likely highlight security concerns pushed by the administration as justification for building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Morgan's comments came as President Trump was scheduled to give his first prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday night to address the crisis at the border.

Trump announced his plan for the 9 p.m. ET Tuesday address via Twitter.

Trump is delivering the address amid a partial government shutdown due to a stalemate with congressional Democrats over $5 billion the president wants to for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

"A wall is an immorality, it's not who we are as a nation.We are not doing a wall", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters after the passage of the bills in the House. There has been no progress in shutdown negotiations between the White House and Democrats, who have so far refused Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding.

There is no end in sight for the shutdown that has halted a quarter of USA government operations since December 22 and forced some 800,000 federal employees to be furloughed or work without pay.

Trump said on Sunday that he expects "some serious talks" over the wall from Monday to Wednesday but continued to reject giving up his request for the funding.

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During that trip, Trump toured 30-foot-tall steel and concrete prototypes of the border wall in California and strongly condemned jurisdictions that offer "sanctuary" to undocumented immigrants.

While its repercussions ripple across the country, Mr Trump has also threatened to bypass Congress and invoke emergency powers to build the wall along half the 2,000-mile (3,100km) border. It may have been a tactic created to push Democrats to do a deal but Trump's opponents said such a move would be, in the words of congressman Adam Schiff, a "non-starter", subject to fierce opposition and legal challenges.

Mr Trump exhorted Democrats in Congress to "come back from vacation" and approve funding for his wall.

Leaders of the nonpartisan National Governors Association made public a letter Tuesday sent to Trump and congressional leaders a day earlier, calling on them to reopen the government, saying "shutdown should not be a negotiating tactic as disagreements are resolved".

"I am all for the wall", Ingraham said after playing devil's advocate in response to Conway's claims about drugs flowing over the border.

Asked at what point workers' pain outweighs the president's desire for a border barrier, Pence said the administration understands the burden faced by government workers but hopes "we don't find out".

Almost 60 percent of the American people oppose the border wall President Donald Trump promised voters that Mexico would pay to build during the 2016 campaign.

  • Michelle Webb