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Earlier on Sunday, Trump had offered to erect a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall along the border to iron out differences with Democrats over the issue which has resulted in a partial government shutdown for over a fortnight.

Republican members of Congress have slowly begun to indicate that they will not let Trump carry on the battle forever. But he made no mention of such a declaration Tuesday night. Trump fooled nobody, the racial fears he spouted today are merely a preview of the racial demagoguery that will headline his 2020 campaign. We can secure our border without an expensive, ineffective wall.

The deal updates the North American Free Trade Agreement, in the main preserving NAFTA's liberalized environment of low or no tariffs among the U.S., Mexico and Canada, while making certain improvements for each country.

Top congressional Democrats pushed back sternly, warning that the USA president was holding Americans "hostage" by refusing to fund shuttered government agencies.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer spoke after the president to address their concerns.

Mr Trump said the wall is not "immoral" as he said wealthy politicians build walls and fences around their homes because they love the people on the inside, not because they hate people on the outside.

In his first TV address from the Oval Office, the president made a case for building a wall along the Mexico border.

The Associated Press took a look at his remarks from the Oval Office, and the response from top Democrats.

Emboldened by their success in the November midterm election in which Trump also tried to pummel them on immigration, the Democrats are simply saying no.

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Mrs Pelosi accused Mr Trump of being "full of misinformation and even malice", and choosing fear over facts.

Many Democrats claim it's a sign of the White House's "un-American" approach to immigration, which has seen families of asylum seekers separated.

Cornered on multiple flanks both political and legal, this is Trump's attempt to shoot the moon with what was a totem for his campaign, and hope people will buy it or maybe skeptics will swing over to his side.

Calling the immigration matter "a crisis of the heart and soul", Trump said the U.S. is "out of space" to accommodate illegal migrants, adding that it "strains public resources and drives down jobs" that "hurt all Americans".

TRUMP: "Tonight I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border". "We need a solution now", Mr Perdue said.

If Donald Trump was hoping for a quiet news day where he could play the star role, the Russian Federation probe swept back into the headlines after a recent lull, inching closer to his closest family members, including his eldest son and son-in-law. That's a prelude to what's to come. New York City, for example, has the nation's largest population of immigrants living in the country illegally - about 500,000 - and past year had only 289 murders among a total population of 8.5 million people, according to preliminary data. "Maybe Trump's emphasis on building a wall is to hold back the walls of the Russian Federation probe closing in", is how Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe explains the Trump spectacle tonight. What does Trump want built? "More Americans will die this year due to drugs than were killed in the entire Vietnam war", he said.

The precariousness of Trump's shutdown position has been evident in his dizzying rhetoric over the last month.

In the past, Trump's talks to the nation have been carefully scrutinized for false information. So, why did Trump do this Oval Office "address"?

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