Vice President Mike Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea. Pelosi, however, voted nay on both the Secure Fence Act and the Border Security Bill, but voted in favor of authorizing the Homeland Security Department in May 2005.
"What we hear from Republican members and, frankly, quietly from many Democrat members is that when they see the scope of this crisis, when they see the facts presented to them, that they understand why the president is so adamant about doing something meaningful to advance border security". According to Schumer, Mr. Trump said Democrats would not do what he wanted if he opened the government before they agreed to wall funding. "But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled, illegal migration".
But Tuesday morning, Pelosi and Schumer announced that they would "deliver a response to President Trump's 9:00 p.m. E.T. address Tuesday evening following the conclusion of his remarks".
That news prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to demand equal air time to respond - something that is only done during State of the Union addresses from presidents.
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.
Tuesday night, speaking to the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued that the wall was needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis". White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Twitter that he will use the visit to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis".
Trump Addresses AmericaPresident Trump makes his case for a $5.7 billion wall between the USA and Mexico. But never one to shy away from his own ideological nuance, Trump derided Clinton during an October 2016 presidential campaign debate with her for having "fought for the wall in 2006".
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Customs and Border Patrol previous year apprehended almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists at the U.S. -Mexico border. The mounting impact of the partial shutdown, which initially was limited but will increase as more federal workers miss paychecks this cycle and services like those at national parks suffer, is likely to increase pressure on Congress and the White House to forge a deal in the coming days.
Trump has offered concessions, agreeing to build the barrier with steel rather than concrete. What the hell have they done about the border?
"The president walked into the room and passed out candy".
Ahead of the speech, the White House sought to shore up GOP support on Capitol Hill, where a growing number of Republicans have been expressing unease with the extended shutdown.