FLINT (WJRT) (01/08/19) - President Donald Trump will go before the nation Tuesday evening in a televised speech addressing what he calls a humanitarian and national security crisis at the southern border.
Following no concessions on behalf of Democrats, the president has hinted he could call a national emergency to build a border wall.
Local political analyst Paul Rozycki said at the surface it may seem like Trump will use tonight's primetime speech to sell his platform of building a wall at the southern border.
But Rozycki believes the president has political means to accomplish with the speech.
"He needs to reinforce his base. One reason why he made the wall such a big deal now is because the Republican base, the Rush Limbaughs of the world came after him and all of a sudden, he reversed course on what looked like a compromise just a few weeks ago," Rozycki said.
Trump may be making the speech because there's a few more obstacles he will have to face this year, Rozycki said.
"The Mueller report's coming out some time. Democrats are in charge of the House. There will be investigations there, so it could be a rough year," he said.
As for the partial government shutdown, Rozycki said there's a lot of pressure on Trump to reopen the government. But how? Time will tell.
"There's a possibility he could declare a national emergency, end the shutdown and then end the emergency when he visits the border in a couple days," he said.
But Rozycki said declaring a national emergency to get a border wall in place will mean two things.
"No. 1, he does have a lot of power under existing law to declare a national emergency. No. 2, there are limits to that power and almost certainly there will be court challenges from Democrats, governors and others as well," he said.
ABC12 will air Trump's speech live from the Oval Office at 9 p.m. and a rebuttal from prominent Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi afterward.