Pelosi, Schumer will give rebuttal to Trump's Oval Office address

Pelosi, Schumer will give rebuttal to Trump's Oval Office address

Trump tweeted that he will speak at 9 p.m.

Democrats, who control the U.S. House of Representatives, have rejected Trump's demand for US$5.7 billion to help build such a wall.

Trump promised a wall as a candidate for the White House in 2016, making it one of his signature campaign issues and saying Mexico would pay for it.

All the major US television networks agreed to air Trump's speech.

Referring to his 20-year long experience in the FBI, Morgan stated that he "can't think of a legitimate argument, why anyone would not support the wall as part of a multi-layered border security issue", adding that the wall's efficiency is "based on historical data and facts that can be proven".

Democrats say Trump's request is too high and urge Trump to support passage of legislation funding the government immediately and then negotiate border security, including a wall, over the next few weeks.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called it "an action necessary to make sure working families received their tax refunds on schedule". Trump has demanded for 5.6 billion dollars in the 2019 budget for building a wall along the border with Mexico to keep out what he said are illegal migrants and drug traffickers.

This week, they will pass a series of bills to reopen federal agencies after weekend talks between the administration and Democrat negotiators failed to end a stalemate.

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He said that he and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would be at the Capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday to brief lawmakers.

US President Donald Trump plans to visit the US southern border on Thursday, leaving Washington for the first time since partial federal shutdown began 16 days ago.

Vice President Mike Pence wouldn't say whether Mr. Trump would declare a national emergency in an attempt to free up funding for his wall, something the president said he was considering. "He'll explain the need not just to build a wall, which he's determined to do, but also to provide our border patrol with additional resources, humanitarian and medical assistance, new technology, but the democrats need to come to the table and start negotiating".

Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Trump will travel to the USA border with Mexico on Thursday.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced the border trip on Twitter without providing details.

Pence said the president has invited Democratic leadership to the White House to give their response to the president's proposal.

In his address from the Oval Office, Trump will likely to make a case directly to the American people for his proposed wall on the United States's southern border.

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