US President Donald Trump to make an important address to the Nation

NEW YORK - As the partial shutdown of U.S. government approaches a record length, President Donald Trump is set to address the nation Tuesday night (7 a.m. PST Wednesday) on what he called the "crisis" at the country's border with Mexico. The Democrats, citing their attempts to end the shutdown, issued a statement late Monday demanding equal TV time to respond Trump's speech. Trump said he will visit the U.S.-Mexican border Thursday to promote his plan for a wall to keep out undocumented immigrants, the sticking point in negotiations with Democrats to reopen the government. Democrats said Trump and his aides exaggerate the numbers of immigrants entering the country illegally to justify his stance on the wall. Trump will "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis" at the border, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders posted on Twitter. "More details will be announced soon." "Trump shut down the government over a manufactured crisis at the border," the Democratic National Committee said in a statement. Tuesday's speech, Trump's first from the Oval Office, will give him a chance to lay out his case on an issue that led to the shutdown. Democratic congressional leaders - House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer - demanded the networks give them equal time to counter Trump. “If past statements are any indication,” they said in a joint statement, Trump’s speech “will be full of malice and misinformation.” Pelosi and Schumer said Trump should agree to a plan to re-open the government now while they continue to negotiate a border security plan. The House, now controlled by the Democrats, passed legislation last week to reopen the government. -APP/AFP