With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation today [Macau time] that a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he’s demanding before ending the partial government shutdown.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks Friday as the shutdown drags through a third week.
Trump’s Oval Office speech — his first as president — will be followed by his visit tomorrow to the southern border to highlight his demand for a barrier. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that he will use the visit to “meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis.”
The administration is also at least talking about the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow Trump to move forward on the wall without Congress approving the USD5.6 billion he wants.