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UPDATE (1:50 p.m. Eastern): President Trump tweeted that he will address the nation live on TV at 9 p.m. But Mr. Obama has repeatedly spoken out against Trump administration immigration policies and made clear since the 2016 campaign that he does not support a proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border. Mexico has refused to do so.

Trump's Oval Office speech - his first as president - will be followed by his visit Thursday to the southern border to highlight his demand for a barrier.

Pressure to reach a deal to end the shutdown is likely to grow as its effects are increasingly felt, including possible cuts in food stamp programs for the poor.

"Nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists were apprehended attempting to come into the United States through various means in the a year ago", Pence said on ABC's "Good Morning America".

She said details would be announced soon. He's repeatedly contended there is a security crisis there and says the wall is needed to prevent nefarious people from coming into the US illegally.

The emphasis on a "crisis" could be the administration's attempt to lay the groundwork for a potential emergency declaration. But Democrats say the wall is "immoral" and refuse to compromise.

Trump has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan.

President Donald Trump's recent claim that his predecessors endorsed his idea of a wall at the Mexican border is getting no support from the ex-presidents' club.

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Leaders of the nonpartisan National Governors Association made public a letter Tuesday sent to Trump and congressional leaders a day earlier, calling on them to reopen the government, saying "a federal government shutdown should not be a negotiating tactic as disagreements are resolved". About 800,000 government workers are furloughed or working without pay.

The partial government shutdown, which began on 22 December, has affected 25% of the government.

"Should we ask Nancy Pelosi about removing the walls that we already have on the border?" he asked.

Trump has only recently zeroed in on the humanitarian issues as part of his pitch for a border wall, though Democrats and others argue that a wall will not fix those problems.

Over the weekend, the federal agency tasked with guaranteeing US airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of employees missing work or calling in sick.

At issue is the president's request for some$5.7 billion in border security that would include work on strategic sections of wall.

Ahead of Tuesday night's speech, Trump aides went so far as to claim that 4000 suspected terrorists had been apprehended at the Southern border, forcing even he pro-administration Fox News to fact-check and say most were apprehended at airports.

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