How to Watch Trump's Primetime Oval Office Address
The president plans to use the speech to convince Americans he needs billions of dollars from Congress for his long-promised border wall.
Planning on watching President Donald Trump's primetime address from the Oval Office on Tuesday? Streaming sites have viewers covered, as well as all the major news networks.
Trump plans to use the speech to convince Americans he needs billions of dollars from Congress for his long-promised border wall to resolve security and humanitarian problems he contends have reached a crisis pitch. He is sure to face intense pushback from Democrats.
The president also plans a personal visit to the Mexican border on Thursday as he tries to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats in the shutdown standoff. His Tuesday evening remarks were to be followed by a televised rebuttal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who strongly oppose the wall and have repeatedly called on Trump to reopen shuttered portions of the government while border negotiations continue.
The president has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to move forward with the wall without getting congressional approval for the $5.7 billion he's requested. But Trump is not expected to make that declaration Tuesday night, said two people familiar with the White House plans, although it was possible he could change course.
Such an emergency declaration would represent a dramatic escalation of the dispute and would immediately draw legal challenges. It could potentially unlock military dollars for building the wall. While the president has previously described the situation on the border that way — including when he directed active duty troops there ahead of the midterm elections— he has never signed an official proclamation.
Trump will meet with Republican lawmakers at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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