Democrats were able to demand the ability to respond, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer are scheduled to do so, presenting a united front despite efforts by Trump to put a wedge between them - but passing on the chance to put forward a Democratic rising star.
Floodlights from the United States illuminate multiple border walls on January 7, 2019, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
The White House said that the speech will be about a humanitarian and national security crisis at the border, something that Vice President Mike Pence echoed in interviews on network morning shows on Tuesday.
Democrats have repeatedly slammed the proposed wall but have remained vague about counter-proposals that would curb illegal immigration. "The apprehension in the a year ago of 17,000 people at our border with previously criminal history".
Meanwhile, US television networks, which agreed to Trump's request for a prime-time telecast of his speech after some deliberation, have also consented to air Democrats' response to the address after a fervid debate on whether the President would get away with lies and disinformation.
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"Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", they demanded in a joint statement on Monday night. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it".
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House Democratic leadership had not yet worked out a strategy for how to respond if Trump declared a national emergency in to circumvent Congress and build the wall.
Trump will continue pressing his case for the wall with a trip to the border on Thursday.
Federal employees will feel the pinch from the shutdown on Friday, when they will miss their paychecks for the first time, unless a deal is reached.
The partial government shutdown, which began on 22 December, has affected 25% of the government. The shutdown, which has left some 800,000 government workers furloughed or working without pay, is also affecting national parks, airline security screening, housing and food aid, and economic data. "So at 9pm Tuesday, tune into CBS to See B.S". Journal is reporting that Trump is looking for ways to end the shutdown without it looking like the Democrats won. But mostly Trump still wants his wall, which Democrats describe as immoral as well as no solution to illegal immigration. He said Mexico would pay for it, although Mexico was always clear it would not, and he has now turned to Congress for the money.
Mr Trump deployed about 5,800 troops to the border and described the migrants as an "invasion".
Critics have decried the previous separation of migrant children from families, the use of tear gas at the border and the case of two Guatemalan migrant children who died in US custody in December.