Networks to air Pelosi, Schumer rebuttal to Trump

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Representatives for ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox Broadcasting, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC and NBC confirmed plans to air Trump's address Tuesday night.

In response, a broadcast network executive said "time has been requested for 9 p.m. Networks are deliberating".

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"We're going to continue to carry that case forward until the Democrats in Congress come to the table and start negotiating, not just to end the government shutdown but to address what is an undeniable crisis at our southern border", Pence said.

Trump campaigned on a promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused.

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway cast the speech as an opportunity for the president to speak to the nation, stressing that it will be "in his voice, in his words".

The message was made public Tuesday, the 18th day of the shutdown, as Trump prepared to make his case in a prime-time speech that there's a U.S. -Mexico border crisis that must be addressed. "As a result ... the refunds will go out as normal", said Russell Vought, acting director of the White House budget office.

'I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue, ' Carter said in the statement issued through his Carter Center. That news prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to demand equal air time to respond - something that is only done during State of the Union addresses from presidents.

Democrats say other border security measures are more efficient and cost-effective than a wall, which they say is contrary to American values.

They said that weekend negotiations on border security also failed to show progress.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump will travel to the Southern border to "meet with those on the frontlines (sic) of the national security and humanitarian crisis".

Trump and fellow Republicans have been at odds with Democrats over Trump's demand for $5.6 billion in funding for a wall.

During that trip, Trump toured 30-foot-tall steel and concrete prototypes of the border wall in California and strongly condemned jurisdictions that offer "sanctuary" to undocumented immigrants.

Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Trump will travel to the USA border with Mexico on Thursday. "More details will be announced soon".

"It's two years in-it's also three months after an election whgere voters resoundingly rejected the president's narrative on immigration", said Kucinich.

'This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me, ' Trump said during remarks in the Rose Garden.

The trip will be the first time Trump leaves the capital since the partial government shutdown took effect on December 22. Talks to fund the government have broken down over that point, leaving several government agencies shuttered and some 800,000 government workers furloughed or working without pay.

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