Top story: President declines to invoke emergency in TV address
Good morning – Warren Murray with the news summary that you can slip into like a comfortable pair of shoes.
Donald Trump was immediately rebuked by Democrats overnight after he went on national television appealing to Congress to fund his Mexico wall in return for ending the government shutdown. The president did not offer fresh ideas to break the current political impasse and did not declare a national emergency so that he could bypass Congress, as had been speculated.
In a string of dubious claims, Trump blamed criminal gangs and “vast quantities of illegal drugs” for “thousands of deaths” and faulted Democrats for failing to end the shutdown, now in its 18th day. He told primetime viewers: “This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It’s also what our professionals at the border want and need …