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He showed compassion for the children who he said had been used as pawns.

The vice president said in an interview with ABC News that President Donald Trump is "prepared to do what's necessary to address what is a real humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border".

Many major television networks are planning to carry Democrats' rebuttal to President Donald Trump's national address Tuesday evening.

There was no sign Trump was backing down from his demand for $5.7 billion for the border wall in exchange for ending the shutdown. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that he will use the visit to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis". He blamed illegal immigration for what he said was a scourge of drugs and violence in the USA and asked: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?"

The White House is trying to keep jittery congressional Republicans from defecting over the toll the partial government shutdown is taking in their states.

"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way, " Thune said. But he did not mention that Tuesday night.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Sen. But past meetings have resulted in both sides digging in, with Trump insisting on almost $6 billion for a border wall and Democrats saying they won't entertain the discussion until Congress passes and Trump signs a package re-opening shuttered federal agencies.

For now, Trump sees this as winning politics. And that concern was heightened by the decision Tuesday by Trump's re-election campaign to send out fundraising emails and text messages to supporters trying to raise money off the speech. TSA said it screened more than 2.2 million passengers Sunday, a historically busy day due to holiday travel.

Trump sought to put the blame on Democrats for the standoff, saying they "will not fund border security". Now need you to stand with me, " read one message sent out after his remarks.

Congressional Democrats say they'll head to the White House with the plan to reopen the government - the same one they've been presenting. "They don't do it because they hate the people on the outside - they do it because they love the people on the inside", he said.

On Tuesday night, the president looked to make his case to the American public that illegal immigrants are bringing drugs and crime into the USA, demanding immediate action to erect barriers at the border and further increase technology to prevent illegal crossings. He said America faces a "humanitarian crisis. a crisis of the heart and of the soul".

After Trump said that "innocent people" are being "horribly victimized" by immigrants who commit crimes, Smith quickly added perspective. I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers.

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