Trump’s prime time speech on the government shutdown vanguard news today ,
President Donald Trump is holding court front and center tonight as he delivered remarks from the Oval Office in
the hopes of convincing the American public and skeptical lawmakers that there is a crisis at the southern border.
His goal: to secure billions of dollars in funds to build his promised “big, beautiful” wall amid a partial government shutdown that has no end in sight.
Claim: “The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.”
The United States, Mexico, and Canada came to an agreement on the USMCA, which is essentially a renegotiation of
the North American Free Trade Agreement. which has provisions including requirements that 75 percent of auto
Claim: “My fellow Americans, tonight I’m speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Every day, customs and border patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country.”
While apprehensions are down in great numbers along historic trends, they have increased during the president’s most recent year in office. In 2018 .
Overall, the numbers have been under a million since 2007, and have been hovering under 500,000 since 2010.
In fact, the lowest number of apprehensions in the past two decades came in 2017 – 303,916 – under President Trump.
Claim: “Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week 300 citizens are killed by heroin alone. 90% of which floods across from our southern border.”
This is true. According to the DEA 2018 Drug Threat Assessment, the southwest border is where large amounts of drugs enter the U.S.