January 9th, 2019
President Trump Addresses the Nation on Border Security Almost three weeks into a partial government shutdown, Trump called for $5.7 billion to fund the barrier. He reiterated his stance that it would curb the flow of illegal drugs into the US, adding it was necessary to "end" what he referred to as "a cycle of human suffering." Trump said it would be "paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal" his administration has made with Mexico. He blamed the shutdown on "one reason only": "because Democrats will not fund border security." The president concluded his speech by calling on “every citizen” to “call Congress” and tell them to "secure our border."