US President Donald Trump opened his first Oval Office address to the nation warning of “a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” one that most experts say is at odds with facts.
The immigration matter, Trump said, is “a crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul.”
Speaking from behind the Resolute Desk, Trump said the US could no longer accommodate immigrants who enter the country illegally.
Trump also put the onus of an 18-day partial government shutdown on Democrats, saying the matter could be easily resolved if his political opponents cede to his demands on border funding.
“The government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: the Democrats will not fund border security,” Trump said in the Oval Office.
Trump said he would resume talks with Democrats on Wednesday.
“This situation could be resolved in a 45 minute meeting,” he said. “I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done.”