Trump flies to bor­der in bat­tle of £4.5bn wall

Daily Express - - News - From Daniel Bates in New York

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.”

Cri­sis

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

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