Trump pleads on TV for wall funding to fix border ‘crisis’

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He claimed they could resolve the standoff in "45 minutes", but previous meetings have led to no agreement as Trump insists on the wall that was his signature promise in the 2016 presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump will deliver a televised national address to make his case for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border amid an ongoing government shutdown.

The debate over funding for the barrier has been at the center of a partial federal government shutdown.

Democratic leaders accused him of holding the American people hostage.

Trump spoke of a "humanitarian and security crisis" at the border and invoked cases such as that of a police officer "savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien".

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Trump is demanding $5.7 billion for the wall, an idea Democrats reject as costly and ineffective in protecting USA security. He also suggested that his proposal to build the wall from steel, rather than concrete, was a concession to Democrats.

In her rebuttal to Trump's address, Pelosi said that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders". Vice President Mike Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea. In fact, House Democrats passed legislation the day they took control of the House that offered $1.3 billion for border security.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump should reopen the government, while talks continue.

"As for the trade deal he mentioned with Mexico, which he said would pay for the wall, that trade deal is not yet complete". Less than a week after Democrats seized control of the House, Pelosi and Schumer stood side-by-side at a lectern in a joint appearance that appeared created to emphasize their party's unity. But he says having failed, Trump is now "unable to convince Congress or the American people to foot the bill".

Meanwhile, people at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport say their minds are made up on the issue, and the speech will not sway them, either way. "I think that money could go towards education or towards veterans".