Pelosi and Schumer to respond to Trump’s Oval Office border wall address
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver the Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump Tuesday night following his Oval Office address to the nation about funding his proposed border wall.
Pelosi and Schumer, who have led Democratic negotiations with Trump’s administration amid a partial government shutdown that has now become the second-longest on record, will give their response from the speaker’s balcony in the U.S. Capitol building after Trump’s televised 9 p.m. ET address has finished.
As the shutdown of roughly a quarter of the government stretches into its 18th day, both sides remain staunchly opposed to each others’ proposals for a deal to fund nine federal departments.
Trump is demanding that any deal include more than $5 billion to go toward the construction of a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats are refusing to allocate any money for a border wall.
The Oval Office address, which will be aired by multiple broadcast networks, marks the president’s first-ever evening address from that room.
Trump’s prime-time address comes two days before the president’s planned visit to the southern border. Trump will “meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis” at the southern border, White House press secretary Sanders said.
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