It’s only seven days to Democrats in the House and the signs of rising difficulties in Donald Trump’s presidency are already visible. The President is scheduled to address the border security issue on Tuesday night, but his way to the podium has already been obstructed by Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer raised a demand for equal airtime to counter Trump’s planned prime-time address to the nation, which they believe would be misleading.
In a joint statement released on Monday night, the Democratic leaders said that it was necessary on TV networks to grant their arguments on the ongoing border wall battle and the consequent partial government shutdown an equal exposure. They also denounced Trump’s past “misinformation” about his proposed border security project of a wall and the associated negotiations.
The joint statement said, “Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime.”
Earlier on Monday, Trump announced to take the border wall issue directly to the American people. He wrote on Twitter that he would address the nation about “the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border” in on from the Oval Office at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday.
The tweet followed the approval from major broadcast networks — Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC — that said they have agreed to the White House’s request of a prime-time slot to broadcast the President’s address on border security. The address will also be televised by cable networks, including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
The border wall has been the prime focus of Trump’s border security agenda, which was called a waste of time and money by several individuals in the administration, including Senator Bernie Sanders.
In order to fulfill his campaign promise of a wall on the south border, President Trump asked for an inclusion of at least $5 billion in the 2019 Homeland Security spending bill. It was considered a juvenile demand by the Democrats, who denied granting anything more than $1.6 billion for border security.
The conflict between the two sides evoked grave complications in the country, leading to a partial government shutdown. Even in the third week of the impasse, the Democrats are standing strong with their decision, while Trump is still against signing a spending bill exclusive of wall funding.
The Monday statement from Pelosi and Schumer stated that the President “has the power to stop hurting the country by re-opening the government and ending the Trump Shutdown.” However, Trump does not seem to be backing off anytime soon.
On one side is the President’s border security concern, and on the other is the Democratic dissent against his wall project. Although the joint statement calls for equal airtime, it signals much more than just a demand for visibility.
With Democrats in the House, 2019 is expected to be the most difficult year so far in the presidency of Donald Trump. Besides, the airtime demand can be seen as a trailer to the anticipated obstacles, coming up to counter Trump’s independent and abrupt decisions.
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