Trump Gives Primetime Oval Office Address [VIDEO]

Trump Gives Primetime Oval Office Address [VIDEO]

Trump Gives Primetime Oval Office Address [VIDEO]

As the government shutdown continues over the border wall funding stalemate, President Trump decided to do what he does best – speak directly to the American public via a primetime speech from the Oval Office.

If there is one thing that this president has realized, it is that the people need to hear things directly from him. When this address was announced as a primetime slot, however, the media lost its collective cookies. However, Michelle Malkin helpfully pointed out the many, many times that President Obama was given primetime coverage for live speeches without a second’s hesitation, and I don’t recall that rebuttal time was granted by those same networks except for the State of the Union.

Some in the press are getting more than a little unhinged. Why are they so upset that the president wanted to talk directly to the American people?

Perhaps its because the facts, the REAL facts make them look like fools. They stomp their feet and insist that they know best. But when Trump sends a letter and detailed presentation to EVERY member of Congress on January 4th, what do they do? Sweep it under the rug and hope no one notices. Well, we noticed.

During the meeting, there was debate over the nature and extent of this crisis and its impact on Americans. It had been my hope that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would have the opportunity to deliver a presentation discussing the facts about the depth and severity of the humanitarian crisis and the security crisis that is now unfolding at the Southern Border.

However, some of those present did not want to hear the presentation at the time, and so I have instead decided to make the presentation available to all Members of Congress. I encourage you to review it carefully, to share it with your staff, and to discuss it with other lawmakers. In crafting a Homeland Security bill, it is essential that we make decisions based upon the facts on the ground—not ideology and rhetoric—and that we listen to the law enforcement personnel on the front lines. The Southern Border is a very dangerous place—in fact, Border Patrol agents routinely encounter some of the most dangerous criminals, cartels, and traffickers anywhere in the world.

Read the entire letter here. The presentation is a must read as well. A few facts that Nancy Pelosi refused to hear are:

  • 60,000 unaccompanied children arrived at the border, and increase of 25%
  • 31% of women sexually assaulted during journey to U.S.
  • 17,000 adults with criminal records stopped at the border
  • 6,000 gang members (including MS-13) arrested at border
  • 1.7 million pounds of drugs seized at border in 2018

Is it any wonder that, with the Democrats refusing to listen, the President decided to talk to WE THE PEOPLE?

Now, Trump on a script is very different than Trump off the cuff. Tonight’s speech proved that point again. When the president is on script, he is able to make his points clearly and directly, without the embellishments and hyperbole that are routinely a part of his rally speeches.

The full transcript of his speech can be found here.

Meanwhile, the facts he laid out regarding those who have lost their lives to illegal immigrants, along with the sheer amount of violence and drugs we have to deal with, are devastating. Trump asked a key question regarding our border security and illegal immigration:

“How much more American blood must be shed before Congress does their job?”

It’s a fair question. Will Congress step up to the plate? Not if Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have their way. That is why Trump talked to us. That is why he went to WE THE PEOPLE.

Featured image: President Trump in the Oval Office in 2017, cropped, Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead, public domain

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  • Julie Pascal says:

    Oh wow… a “fact check” put over the video… that the taxes from the trade deal won’t be enough to pay for the wall. Trump never said that! He said “in part” …

  • Drew458 says:

    Hey, take the Cartel’s money. Seize El Chapo’s funds; that’s an extra $10+ billion. That should count as money from Mexico, right?

    Thanks for this post. It’s nice to know that the President’s speech tonight is really just a thinner version of the DHS presentation that had a certain bug eyed botoxed Dem “denying the facts”. And his talk wasn’t that different from the letter he sent to Congress. This is one of the better examples of transparency in government I’ve seen in a long, long time.

  • Kevin says:

    You forgot to check your facts with your primary information source … Fox News. Shep Smith and Chris Wallace fact check the pathological liar, Spanky. I know Shep has minimal standing with the Tumpanzees and he probably doesn’t have long to live on Fox given how often he calls out the constant White House lies. I like what I read from a person commenting on Spanky’s address to the nation …. Presidents in the past have used oval office addreses to the nation to calm the chaos people feel versus Spanky using the oval office adress to create chaos in a calm nation.

    • GWB says:

      All I read was “Bark! Bark, bark, bark! BARK! Barkbarkbarkbarkbarkbark! Bark, bark!”
      (The least you could do is spell-check your name-calling.)

  • GWB says:

    BTW, this shutdown theater is another reason the Omnibus Appropriations bill should be considered unconstitutional. Congress should be required to pass an individual budget for every single department and program they authorize. At most. And it should be a line item budget.

    That way, if they want to play games, they’ll at least have to own up to holding something hostage to their grandstanding.

    Hey, you want a big gov’t, then you ought to have to take responsibility for a BIG gov’t. Right?

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