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Trump to ‘address nation’ on border crisis

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2019 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference at the White House Rose Garden in Washington D.C., the United States, on Jan. 4, 2019. Trump said Friday that he's prepared for a partial government shutdown to last for months or years, after his meeting with Congressional leaders yielded no deal on funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump will “address the nation” over the ongoing “humanitarian and national security crisis” on the country’s southern border, two days before his scheduled trip to the region…reports Asian Lite News

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2019 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference at the White House Rose Garden in Washington D.C., the United States, on Jan. 4, 2019. Trump said Friday that he's prepared for a partial government shutdown to last for months or years, after his meeting with Congressional leaders yielded no deal on funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump made the announcement in a tweet.

“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 p.m.,” the President tweeted.

The tweet comes as the government shutdown begins its third week, with Trump and congressional Democrats at an impasse over the President’s demand for nearly $6 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the southern border.

A White House official said Trump wants to make his case about the government shutdown and wall funding in advance of Thursday’s border trip.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Monday morning that Trump will head to the US-Mexico border to “meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis”.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has flatly rejected providing any funding for the border wall to resolve the stalemate.

Trump has threatened to drag on the shutdown for months or even years if he does not get funding for the border wall.