President to claim border 'crisis' as he seeks funds for wall

President to claim border 'crisis' as he seeks funds for wall

But past meetings have resulted in both sides digging in, with Trump insisting on almost $6 billion for a border wall and Democrats saying they won't entertain the discussion until Congress passes and Trump signs a package re-opening shuttered federal agencies.

At the prime time of 9pm, TV networks will show Trump in the Oval Office, typically a projection of power used by presidents before him to address the nation at times of crisis or tragedy.

"The fact is: the women and children at the border are not a security threat; they are a humanitarian challenge", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in the joint Democratic rebuttal alongside Schumer. Media reports suggest that he will stop short of declaring a national emergency on day 18 of a partial government shutdown.

The president also referred to how drugs such as meth, heroin, and fentanyl were coming through the southern border, and that this would be stymied by a wall that would pay for itself with a new trade deal with Mexico. "A crisis of the heart, and a crisis of the soul", Trump said in the prime time address from the Oval Office. But he did not mention that Tuesday night. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans. Because Democrats will not fund border security.

Negotiations on wall funding could proceed in the meantime, they said. But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall. "So sad. So bad".

Trump was to get a personal sense of the concern -and perhaps questions about his strategy - from those in his own party at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

After Trump said that "innocent people" are being "horribly victimized" by immigrants who commit crimes, Smith quickly added perspective. "At the request of Democrats it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall".

His impulsive political instincts can go into overdrive after appearances in which he put on a calm presidential demeanor, for instance, in his State of the Union address past year.

Trump sought to put the blame on Democrats for the standoff, saying they "will not fund border security". It's a bipartisan measure that passed both the House and Senate unanimously.

Seeking to keep up pressure on Trump and the Republicans, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen some federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

AP writers Colleen Long, Alan Fram and Deb Riechmann contributed.