Democrats seek equal airtime after Trump speech

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say Democrats should be given equal airtime after TV networks air President Donald Trump’s scheduled address to the nation Tuesday night.

The Democratic leaders released a joint statement Monday, a day before Trump plans to brief the nation on his plans for a U.S.-Mexico wall and the status of the partial government shutdown, now in its 17th day.

He plans to argue Tuesday that the “crisis” at the border requires the border wall he’s demanding to end the shutdown.
  
Pelosi and Schumer say if Trump’s past statements are an indicator, his address will be “full of malice and misinformation.”
  
Trump is seeking $5.6 billion for the border wall, which he had insisted Mexico would pay for.

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