Pence says Trump’s wall claim was just his ‘impression’

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Standing alongside her, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said America's symbol "should be the Statute of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall".

Democrats in response accused Trump of appealing to "fear, not facts" and manufacturing a border crisis for political gain.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said Trump forced the shutdown due to "his obsession" with a costly, ineffective wall, which she recently called "immoral".

Trump and the Democrats have been dueling during a partial government shutdown over his demands for - and their opposition to - $5.7 billion to begin building a border wall with Mexico. "The border wall would very quickly pay for itself", Trump said, adding that such a wall would be paid for indirectly by the the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Following the president's address on Tuesday, Smith fact-checked a number of the claims made by Trump, such as murder rates among undocumented migrants and drug flows, which did not match government statistics, Mediaite reported.

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"Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who have illegally entered our country", Trump said.

"This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting", he said, calling on members of Congress to pass a bill that would end the border "crisis".

Following Trump's address, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California gave an opposition response.

"We don't think that's the American way; we don't think that's the constitutional way".

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".

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With his use of a formal White House speech instead of his favored Twitter blasts, Trump embraced the ceremonial trappings of his office as he tries to exit a political quagmire of his own making. The government is in its third week of a partial shutdown over wall funding.

Many major television networks are planning to carry Democrats' rebuttal to President Donald Trump's national address Tuesday evening. But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall.

Smith then asked Chris Wallace about whether the president's address had made the case for Trump's base.

And, as for the rebuttal from Democrats, Jacobs says, it's pretty much the same story. Vice President Mike Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea.

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