All Major Networks to Air President Trump’s Address to the Nation

A growing proportion of Americans blame President Donald Trump for a partial government shutdown that will cut off paychecks to federal workers this week, though Republicans mostly support his refusal to approve a budget without taxpayer dollars for the U.S. -Mexico border wall, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

The president's remarks, expected to last roughly eight minutes, will air at 9 p.m. ET.

Spokespersons for CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the Fox network of television affiliates confirmed Monday that they have committed to the politically fraught gesture, only the second of its kind for a modern-era presidential speech other than an address to a joint session of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a televised response after Trump speaks on Tuesday night.

The government shutdown entered day 17 on 8 January after a series of discussions between the Trump administration officials and Democrats failed to yield an agreement on funding for the wall. "Do they want to run the promise of more lies, more misleading statistics, more twisting of reality, mindless confrontation, all for the sake of defending Trump's dark twisted fantasy and a wall on the Mexican border?"

On Monday the majority of the living USA presidents disputed Mr Trump's claim that some of them have privately told him they regret not building a border wall during their administrations.

Trump will tell the American people that there is "a humanitarian and security crisis" at the border, Pence said in television interviews on Tuesday morning.

During the talks, Trump reaffirmed his plans to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico and listened to Democrats' funding requests related to United States national security, Pence said.

Trump has long maintained that a border wall is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigration and drugs, and in recent weeks has made the issue a priority.

Sen John Thune of South Dakota, the GOP whip, said he doesn't think the emergency declaration is the right move and "I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way". There were almost 400,000 apprehensions at the border in the 2018 fiscal year, well down from the early 2000s when arrests regularly topped one million annually.

It will be Trump's first live address to the nation.

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".

Trump said this week that he's open to a wall of steel slats, noting experts have advised him they'd prefer the ability to see through the wall. Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea.

Mr Trump deployed about 5,800 troops to the border and described the migrants as an "invasion".

Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based near the border in Blaine, Wash., said those border guards - many of whom are supportive of the president's border-security efforts - may soon stop showing up for work as they begin to feel the shutdown's financial impact. The shutdown, which has left some 800,000 government workers furloughed or working without pay, is also affecting national parks, airline security screening, housing and food aid, and economic data.

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