Most major broadcast networks indicated Tuesday they plan to carry the Democratic response to President Trump’s primetime address from the Oval Office on the partial government shutdown and the situation at the southern border.
NBC, CBS, ABC and, CNN each said it would air both Trump’s speech and Democrats’ response live on Tuesday night after Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.) requested equal air time following the president’s address.
Fox And Fox News said they will carry Trump’s speech live, but did not respond to requests for comment about whether the Democratic response will air live.
Trump announced in a tweet Monday that he planned to address the nation on “the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border.”
Trump is expected to use the speech to plead his case for funding his desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He has demanded more than $5 billion in funding for the structure, which triggered a partial government shutdown that has lasted 18 days and counting.
Networks did not immediately indicate that they would air the president’s remarks live amid concerns from critics over the merits of airing a political message, and whether he would use the time to spread inaccurate claims.
However, each of the major broadcast networks ultimately said it would broadcast the president’s speech live. CBS said the address will last no more than eight minutes, according to the White House.
Democrats then asked for equal air time to respond. It was not immediately clear who would deliver the Democratic rebuttal.
And here we are. Can the networks responsibly broadcast Trump's remarks live to millions?
With any other POTUS, sole Q is newsworthiness. With Trump, hard to disentangle idea of presidential address from his frequently deceitful and untruthful claims.https://t.co/waMzoGd7n5
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) January 7, 2019
Any network that gives President Trump time for his “national address” tomorrow evening on #TheWall is morally obligated to offer equal time to the opposition. Who should respond? I propose President Obama. It’s that important.
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) January 7, 2019