Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued for funding on security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid an extended partial government shutdown.
Trump called on Democrats to return to the White House to meet with him, saying it was “immoral” for “politicians to do nothing.” …
Trump has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to circumvent Congress and move forward with the wall. But he made no mention of such a declaration Tuesday night.
UPDATE: Trump’s powerful address, by Paul Mirengoff.
I’m pretty sure most Americans agree with the substance of what Trump said. I also believe that Americans overwhelming agree that, even if the wall isn’t as important as Trump says, it would be reasonable for Democrats to agree to the funding request as part of a compromise that ends the partial shutdown.
Some people who would normally agree with the substance of Trump’s talk, or at least find it unobjectionable, will balk because Trump is the messenger. There’s nothing Trump can do about that phenomenon at this late date.
However, Trump’s presentation tonight was calm and reasoned. There was no bombast and no name-calling — indeed, none of the stuff that many find off-putting. The case he made was a straightforward blending of facts and common sense, with no gratuitous attacks on Democrats.
UPDATE: Where do these students get their information from? The media?