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Trump seeks an edge in shutdown fight with TV address

Last Updated Jan 8, 2019 at 3:55 pm PDT

FILE: President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington after a meeting with Congressional leaders on border security as the government shutdown continues Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting for advantage in the government shutdown battle, President Donald Trump aimed to use a prime-time address Tuesday to convince Americans he needs billions of dollars from Congress for his long-promised border wall to resolve security and humanitarian problems he contends have reached a crisis pitch. He was sure to face intense pushback from Democrats.