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Trump to visit Mexico border

President Donald Trump will deliver his first Oval Office address on Tuesday night at 9 PM ET in order to promote his US-Mexico border wall. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Twitter that he will use the visit to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis".

Trump's prime-time address will come amid a partial government shutdown caused by his insistence that Congress give him more than $5 billion to build a wall on the border.

All the major TV networks, and some cable ones, have now chose to televise a Tuesday address by Donald Trump concerning border security and "the wall".

The House, with a new Democratic majority, passed appropriations in January that did not include wall funding but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he wouldn't bring it to the Senate floor because of a lack of Republican support.

Pence said Trump also invited Democrats back to the White House to respond to its latest proposal to resolve the standoff over legislation to fund the government.

All the while, about 800,000 federal workers remained without pay, either at home or on the job, and key government services faced increasing strain and closure.

Meanwhile, Pence also defended a comment Trump made last week claiming a former president commended him for his wall plans, after Jackson told him the statement had been refuted by representatives from all four former presidents.

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Democrats say other border security measures are more efficient and cost-effective than a wall, which they say is contrary to American values.

In a pre-emptive move, the White House said Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown.

The emphasis on a crisis comes as Trump is considering declaring a national emergency in an effort to bypass Congress and build the wall without its approval. His administration has already spent millions constructing wall prototypes near the border in San Diego. In his briefing, Pence said Trump continues to weigh the idea but has yet to make a decision.

Pelosi and Schumer have flatly refused to pay for the wall.

"We are making this as painless as possible, consistent with the law", he said.

On Monday, Pence told reporters that progress was made in weekend talks that he led between administration officials and congressional staff over how to break the funding impasse and reopen the government. Trump most recently has said he wants a "steel barrier" along the southern border - as opposed to concrete - and that such a construction is needed to prevent an inflow of illegal immigrants from coming into the USA, including potential terrorists.

Almost 60 percent of the American people oppose the border wall President Donald Trump promised voters that Mexico would pay to build during the 2016 campaign.

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