Kirsters Baish| As we previously reported, President Donald Trump is set to address the nation this evening as the federal government enters its third week in a partial shutdown. Washington Democrats still refuse to help fund our nation’s border security and President Donald Trump’s coveted border wall.
Breitbart News reports:
Trump’s planned Oval Office address, which will be nationally televised on every major network and is expected to last approximately eight minutes, raises the stakes of this current political impasse to one of the biggest moments of Trump’s presidency.
The government shut down in late 2018, before Christmas, when Senate Democrats refused to back a House-passed government funding bill that would have provided more than $5 billion in funding for the wall. The House had passed the measure as one of its last acts at the end of eight years of GOP control of the lower chamber of Congress, but the Senate could not pass it because Senate Democrats lined up to prevent it from reaching the necessary 60-vote threshold.
The impasse led to a funding lapse, causing a partial government shutdown that has seen hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed and several departments and agencies of the federal government partially closed except for essential services.
The shutdown lingered through the Christmas and New Years holidays into 2019. Then, on Jan. 3, at the beginning of this year, the Democrats took over the House of Representatives with the majority they won in November’s midterm elections.
When the Dems took control, they passed funding bills without adding a single dime to fund the border wall, however, through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the White House has made threats to veto. In the meantime, the Senate, which is currently still under GOP control, has refused to take on any laws which President Trump does not support, as per Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Trump has not budged on his demands for a border wall.
At 9:00 p.m. Eastern this Tuesday evening, the President will deliver an eight-minute-long public address from the White House’s Oval Office. He will argue that the national emergency at the border requires a border wall.
Breitbart explains, “Previously, support for a barrier along the border was not something that was controversial or partisan–Democrats backed, during the George W. Bush administration, the Secure Fence Act en masse. Democrats have also previously said they support securing the border, but many of them will not explain how they intend to do so without a barrier. Trump’s crusade for a wall along the border began in the early days of his campaign for the White House, which he launched from Trump Tower in New York City in the summer of 2015. It became the central theme of his campaign for the presidency, and crowds at his rallies would chant ‘build the wall!’ repeatedly in sold-out venues across the country.”
Earlier on in his presidency, Trump explained that a border wall would help stop drugs and crime from funneling into the country from Mexico.
“We’re going to have a wall,” Trump explained to Breitbart News at the time. “The wall is ahead of schedule. We’re going to have a wall and it will be a great wall and it will stop the drugs from pouring in and destroying our youth. And it will stop people from coming in that aren’t allowed to come in.”
Throughout his time in Office, Trump has remained committed to building a border wall.
The power of the backdrop of the Oval Office, when used effectively, has helped presidents in the modern era deliver major speeches, such as when Ronald Reagan soothed the nation after the Challenger crash or when John F. Kennedy delivered news of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the country.
The Oval Office is viewed as the power center of the world, as it is where U.S. presidents make decisions, and it is a physical representation of the office they hold. One of the key powers of a president is that of what is called the bully pulpit, something that allows a president through actions like this and other types of speeches and communications to draw attention to things the president wants the country and the world to focus on.
An Oval Office address is the most extreme and intensified version of the use of the bully pulpit power and aims at swaying public opinion in the president’s direction and rallying the nation together behind a unified cause.