Sen. Menendez: Trump's Border Security Address Should Have Viewer 'Warning' About Misinformation, Lies
Sen. Robert Menendez said at a Tuesday press conference with other New Jersey Democrats that President Trump's scheduled televised address on national security should require a "warning to viewers."
Speaking at Newark-Liberty International Airport, Menendez said the warning should read that "the comments you are about to hear are not based on fact and are likely to include misinformation, blatant lies and fear-mongering."
Menendez said something inside Trump as a person is "badly broken" and is "incapable of caring about anyone other than himself."
Menendez and Newark's U.S. Rep, Donald Payne Jr. said Trump does not care about the airport workers who are working without pay as the shutdown drags on.
WARNING: The comments you will hear tonight are not based in fact and are likely to include misinformation, blatant lies, & fearmongering.
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) January 8, 2019
Payne added that several thousand New Jerseyans "don't know if they'll be paid" and gestured off-screen toward an airline gate.
Rep. Albio Sires of nearby Jersey City said Trump is stringing along the shutdown because "he has never felt any kind of a pain" financially-speaking, and has been wealthy "all his life."
"He doesn't know how important healthcare is" and is likely to "lie on national television," Sires added.
Sen. Cory Booker also spoke, blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky for standing with Trump and not allowing certain bills to come up for a vote in the Senate.
Booker said Trump is attempting to "extort funds" for an "unnecessary and nonsensical border wall." Menendez said Trump is on an "egotistical quest" based on a "ludicrous campaign promise."
In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," Sen Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) accused Trump of holding up a deal to fund the government over a "vanity project."
There was a bipartisan effort out of the House and Senate to fund the government, and the president is holding it up because of his vanity wall project, all at the expense of taxpayers and hundreds of thousands of workers. It’s an emergency of his own creation. pic.twitter.com/uu2SwO4Z3b
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 8, 2019
Top Democrats Nancy Pelosi of California and Charles Schumer of New York said in a joint statement that they will offer a televised response to Trump's speech.
“Now that the television networks have decided 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," the two caucus leaders said in a statement.