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By Allan Smith
Several major networks announced on Tuesday morning that they will air the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s prime-time Oval Office address on immigration.
All of the major broadcast networks — CBS and NBC, as well as Fox and ABC, according to Variety — will show the response. On cable, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News will carry the response. On Monday, all of of the major networks said they would air the president’s speech, prompting Democratic leaders to call for space to rebut him.
“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement on Monday.
Later, the pair announced in a statement that they would be the ones to deliver a formal response. Pelosi and Schumer will deliver the address from the Capitol following Trump’s remarks.
The president’s address and Democratic response comes as a partial government shutdown stretches into its third week. Trump has demanded more than $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S. southern border while Democrats have insisted they will not provide Trump with any additional wall funding. Little progress has been made toward reaching an agreement.
In an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence said the president will use his speech to “explain to the American people that we have a humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.”