The government shutdown standoff is now in its third week.
Democrats dug in on the position that they will not provide any votes to fund the border wall.
But then Donald Trump stepped up and smacked Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi with the bad news that they both dreaded.
President Trump is fed up with the Democrats’ obstruction.
And he’s ramping up the pressure on Democrats to secure the border by funding construction of a wall.
Trump will address the nation in prime time on Tuesday and travel to Texas to tour the border on Thursday.
Fox News reports:
President Trump is considering delivering a prime-time address before traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, as he seeks to highlight border security and presses Democrats for wall funding amid the protracted standoff that triggered a partial government shutdown now stretching into its 17th day.
Trump is considering making the prime-time address on Tuesday night, Fox News is told. His travel plans to the border were revealed earlier in a tweet by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
“President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon,” Sanders tweeted.
A law enforcement source told Fox News that Trump plans to visit the border by McAllen, Texas.
These two developments dramatically increased pressure on the Democrats to come to an agreement with the President on wall funding.
Trump is using every tool at his disposal to create a public uproar about the Democrats’ indifference to border security.
Now all that’s left is to see if Trump’s public relations campaign works.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.