Trump flies to border in battle of £4.5bn wall
UNDER siege US President Donald Trump is today due to visit the US border with Mexico after pressing his case for his border wall in an address from the Oval Office.
The controversial leader is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents after he asked the nation “how much more American blood must we shed” before funding for the wall is approved.
Mr Trump’s prime time address was an attempt to get the £4.5billion he wants for the wall that has led to the US government being shut down for 20 days.
Democrats in the Congress are refusing to give him the money but Mr Trump has refused to back down on his election campaign pledge.
He could take the desperate step of declaring a national emergency to get the money, a measure the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders yesterday said was “something we’re looking at”.
At the White House Mr Trump said yesterday that he was considering using executive authority to secure the border.
Referring to the possibility of declaring a national emergency, the president said: “I think we might work a deal and if we don’t we might go that route.”
He said that he has the “absolute right” to do so because “we have to do what’s right”.
Mr Trump said that “we have to get the politics out of this” and “we want security, we want common sense”.
Speaking of the wall, Mr Trump said: “They say it’s a medieval solution, it worked then and it works even better now.”
In a nine-minute speech from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, the first of his presidency, Mr Trump told the country that there was a “humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border”.
The Border Patrol was overwhelmed and it was a “crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul”, he said.
The president also warned that illegal migration was a threat to the United States and that migrants were coming over and committing murders on US soil.
Mr Trump said: “How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job? This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfil our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.”
Senior Democrats gave a response to Mr Trump’s address and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused him of trying to “govern by temper tantrum”. He said: “The symbol of America should be the Statue Of Liberty, not a 30ft wall.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also a Democrat, called on Mr Trump to “stop holding the American people hostage”.
Donald Trump giving his address from the Oval Office pleading for support to stop the flow of immigrants over the border with Mexico which he says is a crisis