By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 1/9/19
President Donald Trump made his first televised speech from the oval office last night to speak about the controversy surrounding the $5 billion border wall, and the partial government shutdown about it that has reached 17 days. Senate Republicans and Democrats failed to compromise on the border wall, in return shutting down a part of the government for the third longest time on record.
During the speech, Trump pulled different statistics and evidence supporting his case regarding the border wall crisis. Just after the oval office speech, Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer made a speech regarding his televised broadcast, as well as reconfirming their own stances on the crisis.
In the broadcast, Trump described the situation as “a humanitarian crisis” and stated that more Americans have died from illegal drugs than the Vietnam War. In return, Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer stated that Trump is unwilling to cooperate on bipartisan bills. So far, the partial government shutdown doesn’t have an end in sight, and it’s still up to debate over who started it.
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