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Trump speech highlights: US Prez wants $5.7 bn for steel wall along border

Trump speech highlights: US Prez wants $5.7 bn for steel wall along border

To persuade Democrats to back his push for a steel barrier on the US-Mexico border, President on Wednesday addressed the nation. In his speech, Trump said, "undocumented immigrants cost the $500 billion a year, but that leaves out the economic contributions that they make to the U.S by paying taxes (including Medicare and Social Security taxes they'll never benefit from) and spending money in their communities." He said that the new NAFTA would pay for a

Trump's issue has forced a partial shutdown of the US federal government, which has stretched into a third week with virtually no end in sight. “The only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens our government,” Trump said Tuesday during a roughly 10-minute televised speech from the Oval Office, employing for the first time in his presidency a format traditionally used to explain major military actions or to calm the nation during times of crisis.

First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 12:02 IST
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