Trump to argue national security ‘crisis’ at southern border vanguard news today, in prime-time address, but not expected to declare national emergency .
The president’s first Oval Office address , “The president is going to bring his case directly to the American people,”
Conway said. “He needs to make sure that he can get his message directly to the American people.” House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who adamantly oppose paying for a wall and are
demanding Trump agree to re-open the government.Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway cast the speech as
an opportunity for the president to speak to the nation, stressing that it will be “in his voice, in his words.”
“The president is going to bring his case directly to the American people,” Conway said. “He needs to make sure that he can get his message directly to the American people.”
President Trump has said publicly in recent days that he is weighing the possibility of formally declaring a “national
emergency” over border security — and said he believes he has the authority to do so — in an effort to circumvent
Congress and use money allocated to the military — or from elsewhere in the government — to fund the wall. As of
Tuesday morning, Vice President Mike Pence, in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,”
Hours before the president was set to make the address, a senior White House official said the president continued to make revisions to the speech and had not yet made a final decision on whether to declare a national emergency.
Conway told reporters earlier in the day that the idea remains under consideration and is under review by lawyers in the White House counsel’s office .