Democrats Deliver Response to Trump's Prime Time Address

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner left Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence talk as they walk down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex Saturday Jan. 5 2019

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner left Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence talk as they walk down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex Saturday Jan. 5 2019

"I shared my support for the need for border security in the country and what we need to do from a humanitarian perspective, but recognition that when the government is shut down there are consequences and people are starting to feel those consequences", she said. The law allows Congress to override such a decision but would require approval by both the U.S. House of Representatives, where Democrats have a majority, and the Republican-dominated Senate.

On today's broadcast, we discussed the President's planned address tonight where he'll be discussing the state of our southern border with Mexico, and the possibility of declaring a national emergency to deal with the current crisis.

The president insists the GOP is "unified", but cracks are beginning to show.

Democrats accused the president of using the shutdown to gain political leverage, while forcing Transportation Security Administration officers, food safety inspectors and Border Patrol agents to work without pay.

Negotiations on wall funding could proceed in the meantime, they said. Meanwhile, almost 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed. The same poll found 51 percent of Americans say the president "deserves most of the blame" for the government shutdown - an increase of 4 percentage points since a poll taken just before Christmas.

Over the weekend, the federal agency tasked with guaranteeing US airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees missing work or calling in sick. "It's time that you do yours".

"Last night the president spat more malice and misinformation appealing to fear instead of facts", Pelosi said.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called on Congress to end the government shutdown to prevent the pain from spreading beyond federal payrolls.

"Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. Let's proceed in a way that is respectful of our security and respectful of our values", Pelosi said.

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It's unclear what comes next in the shutdown stalemate.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., added, "I just think this is a situation where (Trump) is holding the American people hostage to a vanity wall fantasy". It was same old, same old.

"He asked Speaker Pelosi, 'will you agree to my wall?' She said no". He will be meeting with them and Republican leaders in the White House Situation Room at 3 p.m. "Pretty soon these goal posts won't even be in the stadium".

Levin said Trump's speech was "outstanding" and hammered the Democrats for their duplicitous flip-flop on support for physical barriers on the southern border.

Still, Sanders said the White House hoped the administration and USA lawmakers could find a solution to the wall funding.

Trump has said he can relate to the plight of the federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments".

Schumer noted that Trump had promised to have Mexico pay for the wall.

After the four major networks made a decision to give President Trump the opportunity to address the nation during prime time at 9 p.m.

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