Dems' Response Beat Trump's Wall Speech in TV Ratings

Dems' Response Beat Trump's Wall Speech in TV Ratings

"I would say he made a lot of dubious claims", Todd said.

Trump spoke of a "humanitarian and security crisis" at the border and invoked cases such as that of a police officer "savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien". Trump's desire for a wall between the United States and Mexico was a central theme of his 2016 presidential campaign. So the four major broadcasters and cable news networks showed him, while also airing rebuttals from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and making provisions of their own to pounce on misstatements.

"We saw a temper tantrum", Schumer told reporters gathered on the White House driveway. "That is sad and unfortunate. We're willing to discuss anything.' And he said, 'If I open up the government, you won't do what I want.' That's cruel, that's callous and that's using millions of innocent people as sort of pawns". "We have different views".

That said, both parties are in agreement on one thing: The government shutdown should end while discussions and debate over what to do about border security continue. The President and Vice-President Mike Pence will attend lunch with Republican senators as well.

Pelosi, who is speaker of the House, accused Trump of "holding the American people hostage". And on "Fox and Friends", the judge stressed that a border wall would have to be funded by Congress whether Trump likes it or not.

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. "It has not been approved by Congress and even if it is, there's no provision there to make Mexico pay for the wall", Stephanopoulos said.

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Other "essential" employees are being required to report to work, but without pay for the time being.

Ms. Jayapal, Washington Democrat, argued that if Mr. Obama's speech was political, then surely Mr. Trump's was the same if not more so. Napolitano noted that while Trump speech could urge the construction of a wall, "he can't change the law, and he can't avoid the Constitution".

One possible if temporary solution is individually funding parts of the government that are now without money - action that James Clyburn, a top House Democrat, said would get underway Wednesday in the Democratic-controlled chamber.

Wielding the bully pulpit, Mr Trump has done nothing since shutting down much of the government on Dec 22 to advance his argument or resolve the dispute. It did, however, appropriate money for about 75 per cent of the government on time - mainly military and health-related programs.

None of the networks used chyrons, or onscreen text, to rebut Trump while he was talking.

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