Radio Recap: President to Address Nation on Border Security

Radio Recap: President to Address Nation on Border Security

Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" after President Donald Trump's Oval Office address and the joint response given by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), syndicated conservative talker Mark Levin praised Trump for the address but excoriated Schumer and Pelosi for their response.

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

Trump has said he might declare a national emergency and try to authorize the wall on his own if Congress won't approve the $5.7 billion he's asking.

Before the partial shutdown began on December 22, Trump said he would be "proud" to close the government over the issue of border security and would not blame Democrats.

Schumer said the shutdown "ought to end now" and warned that federal workers could miss a paycheck without a speedy resolution to the impasse.

In another tweet, he reiterated the call to "fix" the southern border.

"I think certainly I have expressed more than a few times the frustrations with a government shutdown and how useless it is, " Capito said Tuesday. In past shutdowns, civil servants were paid retroactively once the impasses ended. What the hell have they done about the border?

"We're hopeful, again, that they'll get serious about doing their jobs and work with us", Sanders said.

He said: "He asked Speaker Pelosi, 'Will you agree to my wall?' She said no".

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Trump stopped short of an emergency declaration in his televised speech but repeated his assertion that illegal immigrants and drugs flowing across the southern border are a serious threat to American safety.

"We had this new opportunity to present these leaders differently, and I feel like we've seen that image a lot of times".

Seeking to keep up pressure on Trump and the Republicans, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen some federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds. I think we need to bring them back.

"We have been negotiating", she said.

Earlier, Trump met with GOP senators, urging his fellow Republicans not to waver in their demand for a border wall.

"I didn't hear the president say anything that would change my mind".

Schumer teed up his message for Trump: "The House passed legislation to reopen the government".

"We are grateful to the more than 51,000 agents across the country who remain focused on the mission and are respectful to the traveling public", said TSA spokesman Michael Bilello.

Pence said Democrats are welcome to return to the negotiation table anytime, after the president left the meeting. He has demanded that Congress include $7 billion in border security and humanitarian aid - including $5.7 billion in money for the wall - in any spending package to reopen parts of the government that have been shuttered for almost three weeks.

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