President Trump said on Friday that he would be making a “major announcement” this weekend concerning the immigration situation, the southern border, and the ongoing federal government shutdown.
In a tweet, the president said he would be giving a live address from the White House on “the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown.” According to the tweet, the address will be made at 3 p.m. EST.
Trump’s tweet reportedly came just “three minutes” after the White House communications team instructed reporters and correspondents that there was a “lid” on news for the day — a term which signals no more announcements or pressing stories from the administration.
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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.
“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.
“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.
Following the president’s cliffhanger, people began to speculate online what he could be announcing.
Would Trump be declaring a national emergency at the border, opening up Department of Defense funds which could be used to construct the border wall? Most Americans in a recent poll said they would be against that idea and such a move would almost immediately be contested in the judicial systems but it could pave a way to end the government shutdown.