This evening the President of the United States delivered his first primetime address from the Oval Office to gain support from the American people to build a border wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
The President’s speech comes 17 days into a partial government shutdown that has left thousands of federal government employees without a paycheck.
The partial shutdown has in part been caused by the President who has refused to sign a spending bill that does not provide $5.7 billion in funding to build the border wall along the U.S. Mexico border.
Many Americans feared that the President would circumvent Congress to obtain the necessary funding by declaring a national state of emergency
Thankfully, that did not happen.
During his speech, the President instead called on Democrats to pass a spending bill that would “defend our borders and reopen the government.” The President added, “This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting. I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done. Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security.”
As expected, throughout his speech, the President capitalized on the tragic stories of Americans who were killed by violent gang members who unfortunately also happened to be undocumented immigrants.
The President also had choice words for his opponents stating, “For those who refuse to compromise in the name of in the name of border security, I would ask, imagine if it was your child, your husband or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken.”
The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, immediately responded to the President’s address casting blame on the President for the government shutdown, adding that both Democrats and Republicans have introduced a spending bill to the President that would re-open the government. The President however has not signed the bill in question.
Negotiations with the President will continue, and hopefully will soon put an end to the shutdown.
This is a developing story.