A barrier on the border with Mexico is “absolutely
essential” for US security. President Donald Trump affirms this by addressing
the Americans from the Oval Office. The speeches from the Oval Office are the
most official format that a president can use to address the country: the first
to speak from the Oval Office was Harry Truman in 1947. President Trump
insisted on funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall.

However, he did not declare an emergency that would
enable him to bypass the lower house of Congress now controlled by the
opposition Democrats. Democratic leaders accused him of holding the American
people hostage. The Republican president wants $5.7bn (£4.5bn) to build a steel
barrier, which would deliver on his signature campaign pledge. But Democrats –
who recently took control of the House of Representatives – are adamantly
opposed to giving him the funds. Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer immediately
responded to Trump’s harrowing remarks, denouncing his dark language and again
calling for the government to reopen.

Elena Argano

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