Listen: Trump, President And White House discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"Well, good evening. Once again from our NBC news headquarters here in New York day, seven eighteen of the Trump administration, and we've added a second tally these days. This was day seventeen of the partial government shutdown which by the end of this broadcast will become the second longest in our history as a nation. The president is now turning his attention to television, specifically going on television as he put it today to quote address, the nation on the humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border Tuesday night at nine pm eastern and just tonight house speaker Pelosi Senate, minority leader Schumer are asking indeed for equal time. So the Democrats can respond in addition to his televised address Trump plans now a trip to the southern border on Thursday. The big question is whether the president will use tomorrow evening speech to declare some sort of national emergency. And there is great. Agreement over what powers that may grant him to try to build his own wall or steel fence along the southern border. He first floated the possibility last week and repeated it again yesterday. Looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency. Just read the papers. We are looking at it very strongly. But hopefully, we can do it this way by president pants earlier today said Trump had not made up his mind about declaring a national emergency. But that the office of the White House counsel is looking into the gallery of such a move Phil Rucker standing by to join us is the co author of the latest reporting in the Washington Post tonight, he and his colleague Robert Costa, write quote, such a move would be a front act of brinksmanship at the dawn of a newly divided government speak, sparking a firestorm with House, Democrats and certain challenges in federal courts, but Trump believes forcing a dramatic reckoning by executive action may be necessary given the democratic resistance and the walls symbolic power for his core. Voters officials said more on that in a bit tomorrow afternoon, the VP and Trump's head of homeland security will head to the hill to tend to Republicans. And here's how fraught the. Politics. Our political reporting tonight House, Republican leaders fear increasing numbers of their own. Their lawmakers could cross the aisle this week to vote for democratic bills to keep the government open. Meanwhile, there are no new meeting scheduled between the administration and House Democrats coming off a weekend of no progress and with the stalemate the White House has come under fire for its claims about the number of known or suspected terrorists alleged to have entered the US over and across the southern border White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tried to slip a specious number past Chris Wallace yesterday morning on Fox News.."