WASHINGTON - Several television networks agreed to Democrats' request to be given air time to respond to President Donald Trump's national address, scheduled to be aired live from the Oval Office Tuesday night.
NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, Fox Business Network and CNN said they will air the Democrats response after they and other networks agreed Monday to air the president's prime time address on the "humanitarian and national security crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"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," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement on Monday.
Pelosi and Schumer will jointly deliver the response at the end of Trump's address, scheduled for 9 p.m. EST.
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Trump's address on the border comes amid a partial government shutdown resulting from the president's insistence that he get more than $5 billion to fund construction of a border barrier and the Democrats' refusal to accommodate him.
Pelosi has adamantly refused to pay for a border wall, which she called "immoral." Democrats insist the shutdown must end before any negotiations on additional funding for border security can begin.
Trump and congressional Republicans say there is a crisis on the southern border and that the money is needed immediately. They have rejected reopening the government ahead of negotiations on the grounds that the president would be giving up a key piece of leverage.
The president said he could declare a national emergency and go around Congress to get the money, but it is unclear where he would pull the funds from and if such a move could survive legal challenges.
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