Trump claims ‘crisis’ at the border, urges Dems to fund wall

President Trump argued during his prime-time speech Tuesday that Democrats needed to back funding for his long-promised wall — but stopped short of declaring a national emergency over what he has called the “crisis” at the Mexican border.

“To every citizen, call Congress, and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border. This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. this is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve,” a somber commander in chief said in his first Oval Office address.

“When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country, and that is what I will always do. So help me God,” he said, concluding his roughly 10-minute remarks.

The president has repeatedly demanded that Congress cough up $5.6 billion for the wall, and said he would veto any spending bills that don’t include wall funding.

The Democratic-controlled House has offered bills that would fund all of the closed departments until Sept. 30, and Homeland Security until Feb. 8 so the two sides can keep talking.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has largely stayed out of the fray after Trump rejected Senate bills that were nearly identical to the House package, saying that Democrats and Trump have to reach an agreement before he’ll bring a bill to the Senate floor.

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