What followed, however, was much of the racist and xenophobic rhetoric we've heard from Trump for the past three and a half years-including the false claims that undocumented immigrants as a whole are risky to the United States and that the only solution to questions over our border security is a $5 billion wall.
Meanwhile, a Reuters poll also conducted in the first week of the year found that 51% of Americans believe Trump "deserves most of the blame" for the shutdown. "He says to us, 'Workers are calling me saying, I'll stay out without a paycheck, as long as it takes.' And it's like, well, who?"
Trump will follow up his speech with a rare trip to the Mexico border on Thursday, but showed little enthusiasm for either the Oval Office speech or the border trip during an off-the-record lunch Tuesday with television anchors, The New York Times reported.
Trump, though, is expecting his new persona of a self-possessed politician turning attention to the drug problem and minorities' loss of jobs due illegal immigration would sway voters to call their legislators to support the wall.
Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration".
Both sides see little political downside to standing firm.
Following Trump's address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer are likely to deliver their own addresses on behalf of the opposition Democratic party. Almost two dozen furloughed government employees appeared alongside Democratic leaders at a news conference on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where they were asked by a reporter to raise their hand if they supported the president's position and want to see a wall built.
Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he ‘stokes fear'
He also suggested that his proposal to build the wall from steel, rather than concrete, was a concession to Democrats. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday claimed the crisis at the southern border is a "bona fide emergency".
Following the president's address on Tuesday, Smith fact-checked a number of the claims made by Trump, such as murder rates among undocumented migrants and drug flows, which did not match government statistics, Mediaite reported.
President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a U.S. government shutdown. The "Abolish ICE" movement has gained currency in numerous NY social circles she now represents in the House and on social media.
"We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency", he told reporters. "Right now, what we are seeing, is death".
Also wrong were Trump's assertions that 90 percent of the heroin entering the United States crosses over from Mexico and that Mexico, indirectly, via a new trade agreement with the USA and Canada, would end up paying for a wall, the Times said. Bernie Sanders, also rejecting the president's characterization.
"The president continues to say things that are simply not true, and unfortunately, he has been able to get away with some of these things".
There is no excuse for hurting millions of Americans over a policy difference. Climate change threatens our planet... "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country".