American Neo-Gothic? Schumer, Pelosi's Trump Criticism Speech Laughed at Online

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner left Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence talk as they walk down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex Saturday Jan. 5 2019

The president and Democrats are at odds over Trump's demand for billions in funding for border security.

Schumer also reiterated his calls to end the ongoing partial government shutdown and accused Trump of using "the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his Administration". As always with Trump, he could change course before the speech.

In his dire address, Trump ticked off a string of statistics and claims to make his case that there is a crisis at the border, but a number of his statements were misleading, such as saying the new trade deal with Mexico would pay for the wall, or suggesting through gruesome examples that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes.

Democrats have vowed to block funding for a wall, which they say would be immoral and ineffective, and have called on Trump to reopen shuttered portions of the government while border negotiations continue. People expect their government to work. But she said there was "no way" the shutdown fight would drag on for years as Trump warned last week.

Trump and his administration have been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency, among other options, to allow him to move forward with the wall without Congress approving the more than $5 billion he wants.

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President Donald Trump made a televised plea for border wall funding Tuesday night, seeking an edge in the shutdown battle with congressional Democrats as he declared there is "a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way", Thune said.

"He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money".

The president also remained equally defiant in a lunchtime huddle with Senate Republicans on Wednesday, insisting GOP lawmakers are unified behind him even as some GOP senators push for the shutdown to end.

"We gotta understand why people are coming here in the first place and why so many of them are coming here illegally rather than legally", he said. The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall.

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Trump has said he can relate to the plight of the federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) go way back: the two have socialized and worked together since Pelosi first entered Congress in the late 1980s.

Some of those from the caravans who are still hoping to get into the U.S. watched Trump's address Tuesday on television sets inside shelters in Tijuana, just on the other side of the U.S. -Mexico border.

"They don't come in through checkpoints, they come through areas where you have hundreds of miles without walls and without barrier or without strong fences", Mr. Trump said at the Capitol.

The White House was trying to shore up GOP support even before Trump spoke. Some say Trump's hardline policies are slowing processing for migrants, creating an overwhelming bottleneck at the border.

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