President Trump will deliver his first prime-time address from the Oval Office Tuesday, as the partial government shutdown over border wall funding continues into its third week.
It will be Mr. Trump’s first prime-time Oval Office address since taking office. The president’s remarks, expected to last roughly eight minutes, will air at 9 p.m. ET. Democrats have also requested time on the networks to respond to the president’s remarks. Shortly after the president’s remarks conclude, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a response, expected to be about five minutes long.
Mr. Trump is demanding $5.7 billion for border wall funding, while Democrats say they won’t fund his wall. It’s unclear where the shutdown stalemate ends.
Barely one hour to go until Trump’s address
The clock is ticking until the president’s first primetime address from the Oval Office, with cable networks to Capitol Hill waiting to hear what the president will say.
The president’s address is expected to last roughly eight minutes, the White House has told networks. But of course, Mr. Trump is the president — and speaks as long as he likes.
McCarthy: Pence did not bring up national emergency
House Minority Leader, pressed by reporters on Capitol Hill, said Vice President Mike Pence did not address the possibility of Mr. Trump declaring a national emergency.
Asked specifically if he supported a national emergency declaration, McCarthy said they’d wait for the president’s speech.
Some federal workers to rally in D.C. Thursday
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and a handful of members of Congress will rally with federal employees outside the AFL-CIO’s headquarters on Thursday.
They’re demanding an immediate resolution to the partial shutdown. The crowd plans to march down the street and demonstrate in front of the White House, the AFL-CIO announced.
The members of Congress expected to attend are:
- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.
- Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.
- Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.
Trump to meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill Wednesday
Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Senate GOP policy luncheon Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to put any legislation on reopening the government to a vote which would not receive Mr. Trump’s signature.
Trump campaign fundraises ahead of speech
The Trump campaign sent an email to supporters Tuesday afternoon ahead of Mr. Trump’s speech in the Oval Office, encouraging supporters to reach the fundraising goal of $500,000 by the end of the night to “do something so HUGE, even Democrats and the Fake News won’t be able to ignore.”
Mr. Trump said that the topics of his speech this evening would be the drugs “poisoning our loved ones,” MS-13 gang members, and “illegal criminals” who are “flooding our nation.”
“I want to make one thing clear to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi: Your safety is not a political game or a negotiation tactic!” the email said, in the voice of Mr. Trump.
It also said that the campaign would be gathering information on everyone who donated to the “Official Secure the Border Fund.”
“I want to know who stood with me when it mattered most so I’ve asked my team to send me a list of EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT who donates to the Official Secure the Border Fund,” the email concluded.
California House members dump garbage at White House
California Reps. Jared Huffman and Jackie Speier, both Democrats, delivered garbage which they collected from their districts’ national parks to the White House.
“We are doing this to provide, hopefully, a reality check to our president,” Huffman said in brief remarks outside the White House. “His political stunt in shutting down the government over the border wall has real world consequences.”
Watch their Facebook video below:
Democrats to deliver response to the address
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver the official Democratic response to Mr. Trump’s address. Pelosi and Schumer argued that since television networks were airing Mr. Trump’s speech, they should also air the Democratic rebuttal.
Pelosi and Schumer will not be the only lawmakers responding to the speech. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent and potential 2020 presidential candidate, announced that he, too, will be responding to the president’s Oval Office address tonight. Sanders’ address will be carried on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, will be giving a “veteran’s response” to the speech. Lieu served in the Air Force and is currently a colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, is also expected to post a response to Mr. Trump’s address on Instagram.
Top Republican on House Armed Services Committee says he opposes military money for wall
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry, a Republican, said that he opposes military money for wall construction.
“I am opposed to using defense dollars for non-defense purposes,” he told reporters Tuesday, in reference to using DOD funds to build a border wall under a national emergency.
“We need border security. And that includes physical barriers, it includes people, and it includes technology. And that should be fully funded on its own,” Thornberry told CBS News later Tuesday. “So if you have to take money from some other account, then you are hurting some other federal priority, in this case, the men and women who serve us and that shouldn’t happen.”
Unclear if Trump address will offer new information
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Mr. Trump “may” offer some change in policy in Tuesday night’s speech, but told reporters at the White House Tuesday afternoon the goal is to hit home the message of border security to the American people.
“I think the president is going to bring his case directly to the American people,” Conway said.
Conway said much of what the president says will “strike” the American people as new.
Pence, Nielsen to meet with Republicans on Capitol Hill
Vice President Mike Pence and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will meet with Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening ahead of Mr. Trump’s address.
But it’s unclear what will happen after Mr. Trump gives his address — and the Democrats give their response — Tuesday night.
The White House says there is an open invitation for Democrats to come to the White House to meet with the president and negotiate.
How to watch
The presidential address will air on all CBS local stations, as a special report on CBS News. CBS News will also air the Democratic response as part of the special report.
CBSN — the free, live news streaming service from CBS News -will also carry the president’s address and the Democratic response. “Red & Blue” — which also airs on CBSN — will have live coverage at 5 p.m. ET today.
Pence says Trump will address “humanitarian crisis” at border
Vice President Mike Pence told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett on “CBS This Morning” the president will address the “humanitarian crisis” at the border in his speech.
Pence continues to insist Democrats need to come to the table to negotiate, although the White house has not backed down on its demands for more than $5 billion for border wall funding.
“The time has come for the Democrats to come to the table, and we have to start negotiating,” Pence said. “Not just to address the government shutdown but to address the humanitarian crisis at the border.”
Pence told reporters Monday the administration is considering a statutory change that would allow for minors in troubled countries like Guatemala to apply for asylum at U.S. embassies in their home countries.
Pompeo says Trump will make a “lot of news”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Jordan the president will “make a lot of news” in his Oval Office address.
“It’s gonna be about the border, mostly about our southern border. I saw an early version of it. He’ll make a lot of news,” Pompeo said with a laugh.
It’s unclear what that news might be. Vice President Mike Pence wouldn’t say whether Mr. Trump would declare a national emergency in an attempt to free up funding for his wall, something the president said he was considering.