Trump is going to go around Congress and the media Tuesday night at 9 PM and speak directly to the American people about the wall and border security in a televised address. Be sure to tune in on your preferred news outlet.
The Hill reports:
Trump to address nation on wall
President Trump will give a prime-time address Tuesday from the Oval Office to make his case for closing parts of the government over his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the Mexican border.
The president also plans to travel to the border on Thursday, a bellicose move reflecting the entrenched positions on both sides of the debate and one that almost certainly means the 18-day shutdown will continue into the weekend.
Negotiations had come to a standstill even before the White House announcements about Trump’s address and border visit.
Democrats insist it is not possible to have substantive talks about Trump’s demands while parts of the government are shut down. The House this week will begin passing individual appropriations bills for the affected agencies as they seek to build pressure on Trump.
Trump’s political operation, for its part, has begun running advertisements on cable television touting his calls for border security and slamming opposition from Democrats.
See Trump’s tweet below:
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019
Trump is wise to do this. He often succeeds at getting his message across when he speaks directly to the people.