President Donald Trump is set to deliver a presidential televised message regarding the border wall “crisis” amid the partial government shutdown in efforts for the $5.6 billion in border wall funding. Now, top Democrats are weaseling their way into the presidential address, demanding they have “equal airtime” following his message.
Newly-elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), along with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), wrote in a joint statement that Trump is “hurting” the country amid the “Trump shutdown.”
The two Democrats are urging the president to put aside his continued effort for an “expensive and ineffective wall.” He has stood his ground and is not backing down in regard to the border wall funding.
As IJR News reported, Trump is set to address the “crisis” to all Americans as television networks will air his message on Tuesday to explain why Democrats should back the idea of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and improve border security.
I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019
In their joint statement, Pelosi and Schumer stated that they want equal airtime to rebuke President Trump’s “address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation,” as IJR Blue reported.
“Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” the two said.
“On Day One of the new Congress, the House passed bipartisan legislation that honors our responsibility to protect the American people with funding for smart, effective border security solutions – just not the President’s wasteful and ineffective wall,” they concluded their statement.
Trump’s address on highlighting border security will be his first as president.
President Trump’s message from the Oval Office will be aired by major networks and is scheduled for 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Pelosi and Schumer will deliver a rebuttal following the president’s remarks.
As he is set to address the nation on the wall and border security, Trump will also be visiting the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday.