January 9, according to a comprehensive report, at 8 p.m. local time (10 a.m. Beijing time) on 9 p.m., President Trump delivered a national television address on border security at the
Oval Office of the White House. In his speech, he pointed out that the humanitarian and security crisis on the southern border of th
e United States is intensifying. But he did not declare a state of emergency. Trump also blamed the Democratic Party for part of the shutdown of the U.S. government.
The Border Crisis Accelerated
In his speech, Trump first said that the humanitarian and security crises along the southern border were intensifying. He said the immigration problem was “a crisis of the soul, a crisis of the soul”.
He also pointed out that the United States could no longer tolerate illegal immigration. “We don’t have room for them anymore. We can’t send them back to their country right away,” Trump said.
“All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration,” Trump said. Illegal immigration strains public resources and reduces employment and wages.
This is Trump’s first speech in the Oval Office since he took office in January 2017. Major American television media, including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC, agreed to broadcast the speech.
In his speech, Trump also shifted the responsibility of closing the government for 18 days to Democrats. He said that if his political opponents gave in to his demands for border funds, the problem could easily be solved.
“There is only one reason for the closure of the government: the Democratic Party will not fund border security,” Trump said in the Oval Office. Democrats expressed support for strengthening border security measures such as technology, but refused to support the establishment of border barriers.
Trump said he would resume talks with Democrats on the 9th. “This situation can be resolved in 45 minutes of meetings,” he said. “I’ve invited congressional leaders to come to the White House tomorrow to finish the job.”
No State of Emergency was declared
In addition, because Trump had previously said that he would not rule out building the wall by declaring a state of emergency, bypassing direct funding from Congress. Therefore, whether Trump’s speech will declare a state of emergency has become the focus of attention. However, Trump did not declare a state of emergency in his national television address.
Speaking in the Oval Office, the President described the border issue as a crisis and condemned the crimes committed by illegal immigrants. But he did not declare the incident a state of emergency, although it might allow him to fund the border wall he promised without congressional approval.
Trump has publicly considered such a move in the past few days, and the Office of the White House Legal Adviser is still assessing its legitimacy.
On the contrary, Trump said he would continue negotiations with Democrats at the 9 th meeting.