U.S. President Donald Trump is taking his case for U.S.-Mexico border wall funding to prime-time television, as he looks to convince Americans that border security — amid an influx of Central American migrants — must be strengthened before a partial government shutdown can be ended.
Global News will be streaming Trump’s Oval Office address live at 9 p.m. ET on our website and on YouTube. Scroll down for live blog coverage of his remarks and the reaction.
Trump’s speech is set to be followed by a rebuttal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who oppose the wall and have called on Trump to end the shutdown.
The situation at the border was dubbed a “humanitarian and national security crisis” by Trump in a Monday tweet announcing his speech. Two Guatemalan children have died in border custody, while images of border patrol officers firing tear gas at migrants have raised the ire of critics.
Sources familiar with drafts of Trump’s speech say he is unlikely to follow through on recent threats to declare a national emergency that would allow him to build the wall without Congressional approval.
— With files from the Associated Press
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