FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump outlines 'humanitarian crisis' at border while Dems stay in denial

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Welcome to FOX News First. Not signed up yet? Click here.
Developing now, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

TRUMP OUTLINES BORDER ‘CRISIS’: President Trump made his case for funding his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, taking his case directly to the nation with an address from the Oval Office, and calling the surge of illegal immigration a "growing humanitarian and security crisis" ... The president's speech drew seemingly deep lines in the sand as Republicans and Democrats plan to meet Wednesday to continue negotiations on ending the partial federal government shutdown over border wall funding, which is now in its third week.

Trump drew a correlation between border security and the opioid crisis and drug deaths in the United States, calling for the closure of the pipeline that enables "vast quantities of illegal drugs – including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl" to cross the border. Trump also paid tribute to several Americans allegedly killed by suspected illegal immigrants, including California police Cpl. Ronil Singh, whom authorities say was killed the day after Christmas by an illegal immigrant suspected of driving drunk.

DEMS CALL TRUMP'S ADDRESS FAKE NEWS: In a joint Democratic rebuttal to President Trump's address, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the president of fear-mongering and manufacturing a crisis to distract the public from the "turmoil in his administration" and urged him to sign legislation to end the shutdown ... "We can re-open the government and continue to work through disagreements about policy," Schumer said. "We can secure our border without an expensive, ineffective wall. And, we can welcome legal immigrants and refugees without compromising safety and security. The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a thirty-foot wall."

In her remarks, Pelosi said the president's statements during the partial shutdown have been "full of misinformation and even malice," and accused the administration of practicing "cruel and counterproductive policies" at the southern border.


OCASIO-CORTEZ TARGETS TRUMP AGAIN: Freshman socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., once again took aim at President Trump on Tuesday, this time on Twitter, by simply labeling him a “racist" ... Ocasio-Cortez gave multiple examples of what she deemed to be Trump's racist behavior and said Americans should feel “uncomfortable” with the president's behavior. Her condemnation came days after a "60 Minutes" interview where she accused Trump of providing a platform for racists.

GINSBURG MISSES A SECOND DAY: Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed a second straight day of arguments on Tuesday, sparking concerns about her recovery from cancer surgery last month ... The court did not indicate how long Ginsburg could be absent, but Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday that Ginsburg would participate and read from transcripts and briefs, according to the Wall Street Journal. Her chair was vacant for a second day while Justice Brett Kavanaugh delivered his first opinion in the court.

Ginsburg, 85, had two cancerous growths removed from her left lung Dec. 21. She was discharged from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on Christmas Day. The growths were spotted on her lung after she fractured ribs in a fall in early November.

FACEBOOK, TWITTER TURN TO CONSERVATIVES TO FIGHT BIAS: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, under fire for alleged political bias and censorship against conservatives, reportedly are turning to right-leaning groups to combat their woes in policing content ... According to the Wall Street Journal, the social media giants have sought input from hundreds of groups, including a growing number of those that lean to the right, in what kind of content should be banned and what is considered acceptable. Facebook has privately sought advice from the Family Research Council and its president, Tony Perkins, according to sources. Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, the Journal reports, recently hosted dinners with conservatives, including Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. Advisers on the left reportedly include the Southern Poverty Law Center.


THE MOST INNOCENT VICTIMS OF THE BORDER CRISIS - "This is a humanitarian crisis – a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul. Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States – a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims by far of our broken system." – President Trump, in his Oval Office address to the nation, on the need for border wall funding. WATCH

Kellyanne Conway slams CNN's Jim Acosta during heated exchange: 'You're such a smarta--.'
'Thank you, Jesus': Man's truck goes up in flames but Bible left inside was unscathed.
CEO's ridiculous posting for part-time personal assistant goes viral.

Trade meetings in China wrapping up, hopes of a deal build.
Stocks post third straight day of gains on hope for U.S.-China trade deal.
TSA union warns shutdown could lead to 'massive' airport security risk.
Why Ocasio-Cortez's 70 percent 'soak-the-rich' tax may fail.
Samsung appliance prices rose due to US-China trade war.
If PG&E goes bankrupt, what happens next?


On FOX News: 

FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks about Trump’s address to the nation; Mike Slater, host of “The Mike Slater Show,” talks about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call to provide “sanctuary to all who seek it”; Michael Anton, former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications for the Trump administration, talks about the situation at the border; U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., chairwoman of the House Republican Conference; Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary; Scott Walker, former governor of Wisconsin; Devon Still, former NFL player and author of “Still in the Game.”

The Story With Martha MacCallum, 7 p.m. ET: Jesse Watters, co-host of “The Five."

Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8 p.m. ET: Special guests include: Lisa Boothe, Fox News contributor; Kieran Lalor, a retired infantryman.

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security.; Tammy Bruce, columnist and FOX News contributor.

The Ingraham Angle, 10 p.m. ET: Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Featured: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders; more of Maria Bartiromo's exclusive interview with Jaime Dimon, JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO; Mark Penn, former senior adviser to the Clintons; Alfred Eskandar, co-founder, president and chief operating officer at Salt Financial LLC; U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas; Monty Sharma, Jenny Craig CEO; Marissa Tarleton, CEO of RetailMeNot, Inc.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Alex Azar, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Donald Luskin, founder and chief investment officer for Trend Macrolytics LLC

Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Bernie Marcus, Home Depot co-founder.

Making Money with Charles Payne, 2 p.m. ET: Jim Awad, senior managing director, private client group, at Clearstead Advisers, LLC.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been meeting with Middle East counterparts to secure a proper exit from Syria. FOX News' Simon Owen gives the latest update. Sears and its remaining 425 stores will stay in business for at least another week as the company strikes a last-minute deal to avoid liquidation. Burt Flickinger, managing director, Strategic Resource Group, weighs in on the future of Sears. Plus, commentary by Deroy Murdock, contributing editor with National Review and a FOX News contributor.

Want the FOX News Rundown sent straight to your mobile device? Subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher.

The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Guests will include: Jocko Willink, retired Navy SEAL on President Trump's address and U.S. strategy in Syria and Afghanistan; Jason Piccolo, former Homeland Security whistleblower, on the border security crisis; Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D- Tenn., on shutdown negotiations; Martha MacCallum Trump's address and the rebuttal from Pelosi and Schumer;  Mouaz Moustafa, executive director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, on U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria.

Benson & Harf, 6 p.m. ET: FOX Business host Kennedy gives her take on President Trump's Oval Office address and Scott Lincicome, international trade attorney and scholar at the Cato Institute, discusses the state of the U.S. economy and trade talks with China.

2009: The Illinois House votes 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who defiantly insists again that he has committed no crime. (The Illinois Senate would unanimously vote to remove Blagojevich from office 20 days later.)
2001: Linda Chavez withdraws her bid to be President-elect George W. Bush's labor secretary because of controversy over an illegal immigrant who'd once lived with her.
1987: The White House releases a January 1986 memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North showing a link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Have a good day! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Thursday morning.