Donald Trump attempted on Tuesday to rally the Americans to his wall project on the border with Mexico, highlighting what he called a “humanitarian crisis” but making no concession or new proposal.
In a solemn nine-minute speech from the Oval Office, the President of the United States warned of illegal immigrants who are “shedding American blood” but has, however, given up the idea of launching an exceptional emergency procedure that would have set fire to the powder in Washington.
On the eighteenth day of a “shutdown” that paralyzes the federal administrations in part, he repeated the arguments he has been making for weeks by tweets interposed, provoking strong reactions from Democrats who accuse him of playing on fear irresponsibly. and extend the budget impasse.
“Tonight I’m talking to you because we are witnessing a growing humanitarian and security crisis on the southern border,” he said from the most famous play in the White House, where many of the speeches that have been history, like that of John F. Kennedy at the height of the Soviet missile crisis in Cuba.
He once again claimed $ 5.7 billion for “a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall”. Promise emblematic of his campaign, the wall has so far remained a dead letter, the Democrats refusing to release funds for what they call a “medieval” solution.
The latter, opposed to the financing of this wall that they deem “immoral”, expensive and inefficient, immediately denounced the absence of extended hand of the president, exhorting him again to “reopen the government”.
“President Trump must stop taking the Americans hostage, must stop creating a migration and humanitarian crisis on the border,” said Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Budget negotiations are at a standstill: for more than two weeks, some 800,000 federal officials have been forced either to stay at home or to wait until the end of the blockage to get paid.
And the record for the longest “shutdown” in history may soon fall: 21 days, between late 1995 and early 1996, under the presidency of Bill Clinton.
– “Americans brutally killed” –
After 24 hours of intense speculation in Washington, Trump did not finally announce the use of the National Emergencies Act which would have allowed him to bypass Congress and rely on the army to build the building.
But he stressed the need, imperious according to him, to carry out his project, removing the hope of a quick exit shutdown.
“How much American blood will have to flow before the Congress does its job?” He said, trying to take his fellow citizens to task.
“Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who have illegally entered our country, and thousands of other lives will be lost if we do not act right away,” he added. , taking dramatic accents.
During the campaign and since coming to power two years ago, the president has sent very different – and sometimes contradictory – messages about the length and exact nature of the wall he was hoping for.
For some time now, he has been thinking of a wall made of vertical steel and not concrete bars in the hope of making the project more acceptable to Democrats. But they were not at all sensitive to the argument.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump will attend a congressional luncheon with Republican senators and receive elected officials from both sides at the White House.
On Thursday, he will travel to the southern border “to meet those on the front lines” of what he calls a “national security crisis”.
“It was unproductive,” Senator Kamala Harris reacted succinctly after the long-awaited presidential address.