Carter joins Bush, Clinton and Obama in denying support for Trump’s wall

Carter joins Bush, Clinton and Obama in denying support for Trump’s wall

Carter joins Bush, Clinton and Obama in denying support for Trump’s wall

A short while later, Mr Trump said in his own Twitter post that he would address the nation at 9:00pm on Tuesday night (1:00pm AEDT on Wednesday) on the border situation.

Trump will deliver a primetime address to the nation Tuesday as the nation enters its 18th day with a partial government shutdown.

President Donald Trump insists a wall be built on the U.S. -Mexico border to maintain national security.

Democrats and several immigration advocates have argued the administration's representation of the issue is inaccurate, and accused them of manufacturing a crisis for the political objective of building the border wall, which Trump campaigned for as a presidential candidate in 2016.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump will be traveling to the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday as a partial government shutdown continues. That news prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to demand equal air time to respond - something that is only done during State of the Union addresses from presidents.

There were other signs the administration is working to contain the fallout from the shutdown, which has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay.

The shutdown would have cost taxpayers $140 billion in tax refunds, but the Trump administration has chose to call furloughed IRS workers back to process them in "what we think is illegal for him to do because he wants to act like a dictator", Hoyer said, referring to Trump.

The White House said the letter, as well as details provided during the meeting, sought to answer Democrats' questions about the funding request. But he says Trump isn't budging on his demand for billions for his border wall.

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In a pre-emptive move, the White House said Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown.

Gutfeld added that Democrats agree with the president on border security, but they voice opposition for personal reasons against him.

Past presidents have supported various measures to curb illegal immigration and secure the U.S. -Mexico border, including with strong fencing in some areas, though none of those policies resembled Trump's proposal for a multibillion-dollar steel wall covering most of the border.

Pelosi and Schumer have flatly refused to pay for the wall. Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer says Tuesday that "in another context, we would call that an act of kidnapping or terrorism".

Trump made his first visit to the border as president 10 months ago.

Democrats are refusing to give Trump $5.7 billion to build the wall.

The trip will be the first time Trump leaves the capital since the partial government shutdown took effect on December 22. Some of them have told me that we should have done it'.

His administration and Congress are deadlocked on funding the barrier.

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