President Donald Trump teased that he would soon be making a “major announcement” about the “Humanitarian Crisis” at the southern U.S. border and the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The president tweeted Friday that on Saturday afternoon he would address the more than four-week shutdown and the issues at the border, just as another caravan of Honduran migrants makes its way into Mexico, headed for the U.S.
I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
Trump’s message came a few minutes after the White House called a “lid” on the day’s news, according to reporters who thought they were done for the day.
He absolutely loves to destroy journalists’ weekend plans https://t.co/mmBxqf6vgh
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) January 18, 2019
Three minutes before this tweet the White House declared a travel and photo “lid,” which once upon a time meant there wouldn’t be any more news today. https://t.co/Ix6kGSEysW
— Alex Wayne (@aawayne) January 18, 2019
Later on Friday evening, the president posted a video of himself addressing the humanitarian and “national security crisis” at the southern border, noting gang members, human traffickers and drug smugglers who are trying to cross into the Unites States illegally.
“We don’t want them in our country,” Trump said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
“Take the politics out of it, let’s get to work and let’s make a deal,” he added, obviously reaching out to Democrats who have refused to negotiate with the president on his demands for more than $5 billion to fund the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Democratic leaders have come under fire for rejecting appeals from Trump while the partial government shutdown continues, leaving federal employees without pay even as lawmakers retreat out of Washington, D.C. each weekend rather than hunker down and come to an agreement. Congressional leaders came under fire for a recent trip by some Democrats to Puerto Rico where they enjoyed leisure activities amid meetings with local leaders.
Trump grounded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a delegation of Democrats headed on an “excursion” to Egypt, Brussels and Afghanistan on Thursday, telling Pelosi in a letter that “postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.”
“We have to secure our southern border. If we don’t do that, we’re a very, very sad and foolish lot,” Trump concluded in the video he posted Friday.
His tweet about an impending announcement instantly sparked speculation about what Trump would be saying and whether he would be announcing any major moves by the administration.
THIS IS NEW>>>>>will it be news? https://t.co/5JbT9gMSPE
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) January 18, 2019
Yes! I’m sure hoping it’s good news! We are on your side Mr. President. We know how hard it must be for you there in the Swamp everyday. We salute you. #RedAwaken #TrumpExpress2020 #TTDM2020 pic.twitter.com/rFJZg77DP2
— Leslie (K)???❤️? (@crimsonfaith88) January 19, 2019
“A senior administration official told @MajorCBS that President Trump will present what the White House believes could be a deal to end the shutdown The deal was largely influenced by talks between VP Pence, Senate Maj. Leader McConnell and Jared Kushner”https://t.co/VHXN9DH6wm
— Natalie Brand (@NatalieABrand) January 19, 2019
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 18, 2019
Some wondered if Trump would be declaring a national emergency, as he once suggested he could do, in order to secure the funding to build the wall.
With no one at the negotiating table (except POTUS), this can only mean two things. A tentative deal with the “Gang of 20” or Declaration of Emergency. But then what do I know?
— Suhas Vaze (@suhasvaze) January 18, 2019
Well, this could be it.
The assumption is he’d declare a national emergency, redirect money to a wall, and then Congress could pass clean funding bills.
Can’t say for sure though. The last time he did this it was to say Democrats are bad live from the Oval Office. https://t.co/wh20tox3XU
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 18, 2019
The administration has been building its case for a national emergency declaration for weeks, even as some advisers and lawyers have cautioned against the move. No word yet from my sources on what exactly the president plans to say… https://t.co/wZHarPbFCm
— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 18, 2019
I’ll take National Emergencies for $5.7 billion, Alex https://t.co/aWJo69RDys
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) January 18, 2019
The Democrats have until 2:59 tomorrow to be in Washington at the table negotiating the end of the shutdown ortheir President is going to do it for them leaving them empty handed.
— Kitty ? (@Kitty_Cat_Momma) January 18, 2019
Many Twitter users expressed their support for the president as they looked forward to his announcement.
We support you ?% Mr. President.
— Cheryl Pimentel (@CherylPimentel1) January 19, 2019
Looking forward to your announcement tomorrow.
— ??Patriot♥️LifeLover?? (@LoriinUtah) January 19, 2019
24/7/365 on the job. https://t.co/tc8SmSTgxB
— Mark Thoman (@MarkThoman) January 19, 2019
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