Trump Points to Border Crisis, Drug Epidemic, Women and Children Victimized; Dems Say He's Just Holding Americans 'Hostage'
- President Trump said thiscould all be worked out
in a 45-minute meeting.
He could have that chance today,
sitting down with Congressional Democrats
to try and hash out a dealon what he is calling,
"A crisis of the heart."
- My fellow Americans.
- [Ben] Behind the resolutedesk in the Oval Office,
President Trump took hiscase for a border wall
directly to the American public.
- This is a humanitariancrisis, a crisis of the heart,
and a crisis of the soul.
- [Ben] Trump said theSouthern border is a pipeline
for illegal drugs, gangsand human traffickers.
He stopped short in declaringa national emergency,
but demands a $5 billionwall and additional funds
for more agents, judgesand humanitarian aid.
- Democrats in Congress have refused
to acknowledge the crisis.
And they have refused toprovide our brave border agents
with the tools they desperately need
to protect our families and our nation.
- [Ben] Democrats pushedback on that claim,
saying a wall is not the answer.
- This President just used thebackdrop of the Oval Office
to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear--
- [Ben] The fight is hitting home
for some 800,000 federal employees,
either furloughed or working without pay.
- The fact is, President Trump
must stop holding theAmerican people hostage,
must stop manufacturing a crisis
and must reopen the government.
- [Ben] Trump said the FederalGovernment remains shut down
for one reason,
because Democrats won'tfund border security.
- To every member of Congress,
pass a bill that ends this crisis.
To every citizen, call Congress
and tell them to finally,
after all of thesedecades, secure our border.
- Now, President Trump willtravel to the border Thursday.
Today, lawmakers have beeninvited to the White House
to try and make a deal,
fund the wall and reopen the government.
Ben Kennedy, CBN News, the White House.