President Donald Trump stopped short on Tuesday of declaring that a national emergency exists on America’s southern border, but reiterated his demand that congressional Democrats fund a border wall that he has promised for nearly four years.
But he played the shame card with a vengeance, blaming them for playing politics with innocent American lives and allowing ‘a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul’ to fester.
‘How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?’ Trump asked in a 9-minute speech from the Oval Office.
Citing a string of murders committed by illegal immigrants who have been previously deported form the United States, he demanded of lawmakers: ‘For those who refuse to compromise 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.’
‘To every member of Congress: Pass a bill that ends this crisis.’ Donald Trump’s full address to the nation from the White HouseLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipUnmuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time9:43Fullscreen
President Donald Trump spoke for nine minnutes from the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday, shaming congressional Democrats as he blamed them for bloodshed caused by illegal immigrants
Trump is demanding $5.7 billion in new congressional spending for his long-promised border wall
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer delivered the Democrats’ response after Trump spoke, framing the conflict as Trump’s personal, uninformed crusade as they insisted they won’t bend and agree to his terms
The President tweeted after his address to acknowledge ‘soooo many nice comments’ about his speech amid the ongoing battle with congressional Democrats
After the address he tweeted: ‘Thank you for soooo many nice comments regarding my Oval Office speech. A very interesting experience!’
Trump said Tuesday that child trafficking and sexual violence against women who try to migrate into the U.S. illegally is a ‘cycle of human suffering’ that he’s determined to end.
He implored Americans to call their members of Congress ‘and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border. This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice.’
The White House has requested $5.7 billion in new funding to continue the wall’s construction. The president passed up the option to declare an emergency on Tuesday and spend existing Defense Department dollars to build it without Congress.