President Donald Trump delivered his first Oval Office address on Tuesday night, in which he talked solely about what he called a “humanitarian and security crisis”.
The President began saying, “Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.”
In his prime-time address to the nation that lasted 10 minutes, the President attempted to convince the American people that the border security crisis on the south requires a wall; the central promise of his presidential campaign, for which he has been urging the Congress.
Trump’s address included briefings on illegal immigration, which he said was responsible for hurting all Americans. He held criminal gangs and “vast quantities of illegal drugs,” coming from the southern border, responsible for “thousands of deaths” in the country.
While Trump’s Oval Office address was an attempt to acquire extensive public support, it provided no new solution to what matters most to the US at present: the ongoing partial government shutdown, running into its third week, and is the second-longest on record. Instead, the President blamed the Democrats for failing to end the impasse.
“The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security,” Trump stated.
On the other hand, the Democrats faulted the President of fear-mongering.
The demand of “equal airtime” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proved in their favor, as the two were seen taking to the airwaves minutes after Trump finished his Oval Office address.
Seen together at a news conference in 1994, Pelosi and Schumer came together for their rebuttal against Trump.
Pelosi said, “President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice.” She continued saying that while Trump chose “fears,” they wanted to “start with the facts.”
Blaming the President for the government shutdown, the House Speaker said that Trump “promised to keep government shutdown for ‘months or years’ – no matter whom it hurts.” She said that is “plain wrong.”
The Democrats said that the President “must stop holding the American people hostage,” he should “stop manufacturing a crisis” and that he “must reopen the government.”
The Oval Office address of President Trump and the followed rebuttal of Democrats signaled that no solution to the conflict over the border wall can be expected any time soon.
However, while President Donald Trump constantly strove to convince the Americans for a border wall, Democrats urged to keep the two matter of government shutdown and border security separate.
The House Democrats, on their first day, had passed bipartisan bills to Senate Republican legislation that would re-open the government. However, these bills were rejected by Trump.
“Separate the shutdown from the arguments over border security,” said Schumer. “There is bipartisan legislation — supported by Democrats and Republicans — to reopen government while allowing debate over border security to continue.”
Unlike the Oval Office addresses of previous presidents, including George W Bush and Barack Obama, Trump’s speech was denounced for picking an issue of personal obsession.
The President is primarily responsible for the national well-being. However, the 45th president of the United States is setting a different example, which is not appreciated by a majority of Americans. While Democrats are still trying to re-open government, Trump stuck to his desire of erecting a border wall during his prime-time address.
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