US-Mexico Wall Row: Donald Trump to address nation, visit southern border on Thursday

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 08 January 2019, 07:14 AM
Trump is also scheduled to visit the Southern border on Thursday, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said
Trump is also scheduled to visit the Southern border on Thursday, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said

US President Donald Trump on Monday said he will "address the nation" on Tuesday night on his demand for a wall along the Mexico border. The differences over the wall has resulted in a partial government shutdown for over a fortnight now. “Multiple television media outlets have received a request from the White House to disrupt their prime-time coverage Tuesday night for an Oval Office address to the nation by Trump,” according to reports. Trump, who is at loggerheads with the Democrats over funding of the wall project, tweeted, "I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern."

He is also scheduled to visit the Southern border on Thursday, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

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Earlier, Donald Trump had threatened to "entirely close" the Southern border with Mexico and change the immigration laws if the opposition Democrats did not agree to his demand of funding for a border wall. The Trump administration is seeking more than US dollar 5 billion for the construction of the border wall. Trump also threatened to end all US aid to three Latin American countries--Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras-- arguing that these nations have done nothing to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the US. Donald Trump made a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking a key campaign promise in the 2016 election when he said it would be paid for by Mexico. 

"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve," Trump had said in a series of four tweets.

"The United States looses soooo much money on Trade with Mexico under NAFTA, over 75 Billion Dollars a year (not including Drug Money which would be many times that amount), that I would consider closing the Southern Border a 'profit making operation'," the US President had tweeted.

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"We build a wall or close the Southern Border. Bring our car industry back into the United States where it belongs. Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico. Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border..," Trump had said.

First Published: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 07:13 AM
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