Pelosi, Schumer Trolled For Worst Optics Ever During Rebuttal

Pelosi, Schumer Trolled For Worst Optics Ever During Rebuttal

Schumer said Trump "just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration". He sees it as an absolute necessity to stop what he calls a crisis of illegal immigration, drug-smuggling and human trafficking at the border.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump had a "temper tantrum".

By the end of this workweek, this would become the longest partial government shutdown in USA history and many federal workers would miss their first paychecks.

Trump and his administration have been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency, among other options, to allow him to move forward with the wall without Congress approving the more than $5 billion he wants.

Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued for funding on security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid an extended partial government shutdown.

Some of those from the caravans who are still hoping to get into the U.S. watched Trump's address Tuesday on television sets inside shelters in Tijuana, just on the other side of the U.S. -Mexico border.
The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall.

The president and Democrats are at odds over Trump's demand for billions in funding for border security.

Pelosi, who delivered the first part of the Democratic rebuttal Tuesday night, said Americans "all agree that we need to secure our borders while honoring our values".

The impasse between Congress and the White House appeared to hit another snag Wednesday when Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders, calling the discussions a "total waste of time".

Meanwhile, a "zero-tolerance" policy instituted by the Trump administration's Justice Department, which led to almost 2,000 children being temporarily separated from their families after being caught trying to cross the US border, also sparked a national outcry. The administration says it will act on its own to ensure the refunds. Some say Trump's hardline policies are slowing processing for migrants, creating an overwhelming bottleneck at the border. Republicans were expected to join Democrats in voting, defying the plea to stay with the White House. "We can protect the border using the technology that's available to us to wall off intrusions by using that technology", the South Carolina Democrat said on CNN.

Julie Golvach, the mother of Spencer Golvach, who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant at a traffic light in Houston in 2015, also told Fox News that Schumer and Pelosi's comments struck a nerve.

The fact is: President Trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety and well-being of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation - many of them veterans.

Trump has said he can relate to the plight of the federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments".

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