"My fellow Americans, today I am speaking to you because there is a growing "humanitarian and security crisis" in our southern border".
The fact-checking nonprofit PolitiFact, run by the Poynter Institute, said on Twitter that it will live fact-check the president's address Tuesday night.
President Donald Trump called on Congress on Tuesday (Jan 8) to give him US$5.7 billion ($7.7 billion) this year to help build a wall on the United States border with Mexico but stopped short of declaring a national emergency to pay for the wall with military funds.
But with many Americans far from sold on Trump's lurid claims about illegal immigrants, criminals and terrorists overwhelming the border, the speech faces its own high barrier: credibility. Current Democratic leaders also voted for border fencing in 2006 and 2013, a change of heart that the president has highlighted multiple times.
All major USA television networks agreed to broadcast Trump's speech, prompting the Democrats to seek equal air time.
Although the address wasn't too dissimilar from his previous arguments in favor of a border wall, it came at a critical time for Congress and the nation as a whole.
After the networks agreed to air Trump's address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement demanding the chance to respond to the president, whose speech they claimed "will be full of malice and misinformation".
Since the stalemate over funding is ongoing, Trump had no other choice but to take his case directly to American people in a speech planned for later in the day, the vice president said, as suspense continues to build over the possible big announcement.
Mr Schumer was harsher in his criticism, accusing Mr Trump of throwing a temper tantrum and using millions of Americans as leverage.
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According to the report from Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas, "During a private meeting with aides at Camp David on Sunday, Mr. Trump said he wanted them to come up with a resolution to the shutdown fight that would reopen the government without him appearing to have capitulated to Democrats, a person familiar with the meeting said".
Adding, he said that illegal migration strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.
He concluded: "The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall".
TIJUANA, MEXICO - JANUARY 08: Birds sit on the U.S. -Mexico border barrier at the Pacific Ocean on January 8, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico.
The networks said on Tuesday morning that they will carry the Democrats' response.
In fact, a study by the libertarian Cato Institute past year found that crime rates among immigrants in Texas - both legal and unauthorized - were lower than those among native-born Americans.
The government has been partly shuttered since December 22, when Mr. Trump announced he would not sign a funding bill that did not contain wall funding.
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A new opinion poll suggests just over half of Americans (51%) blame President Trump for the government shutdown.
But the president would be accused of usurping Congress's constitutional power of the purse, and the move would be bogged down in a quagmire of legal challenges.