"And the president literally called the question, he said, 'If I opened up the government quickly, would you agree to border security and a wall?' The speaker of the House said no".
Naturally, the president's address was also met with criticism from Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who accused him of trying to "stoke fear" - so, you know Trump's boiling over the fact that he was skewered just as badly by his favorite ass-kissing network.
The threat said Trump's advisers "would recommend" that he veto the bills, rather than using the stronger language that the "president would" veto the bills that the Office of Management and Budget sometimes uses.
The two Democratic politicians slammed Trump's alleged obsession with the "ineffective, unnecessary" wall he seeks to build along the US-Mexican border, likening his actions related to the government shutdown to a "temper tantrum". "He asked Speaker Pelosi if she would fund his wall and she said "no" and he said, 'Well then, we have nothing to talk about.' And got up and walked out".
The president said children illegally brought into the United States are "used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs", while women and children are "the biggest victims by far of our broken system". "We need to get our border secure and we need a barrier". Even if they were get it, which the Democrats say they won't, it would not be keeping a promise.
Trump said he still may declare a national emergency to build the wall without congressional approval, adding, "My threshold will be if I can't make a deal with unreasonable people".
Before the president's address on border security Tuesday night, Bookmaker.eu put the over/under on the number of lies he'd spew at 3.5.
The ripple effects are endless: Amidst all the talk about protecting US borders, a large number of TSA agents are calling in sick due to working without pay, increasing safety risks in airports nationwide. It is the second longest government shutdown in USA history. Both Trump and the Democrats have agreed there is a crisis at the border. "I think most Americans understand that it's purely political". "This is about whether we fulfil our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve", Trump said. "The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country", Trump said.
When the White House officially requested airtime on Monday from the broadcast networks, as is customary in these cases, network executives deliberated about it for a few hours.
Noting that his administration was doing everything in its power to help those impacted by the situation, Trump said the only solution was for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends the borders and reopens the government.
Democrats are counting on the prolonged shutdown creating a split in the Republican ranks and having members of Trump's party pressuring him to compromise.