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"ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS knew that their customers would not be happy if the President ate into time reserved for some of the most popular shows on television, including The Big Bang Theory and Bones", The Washington Post reported in 2014. "And that is Donald Trump doing what Donald Trump does best, not paying the people who work for him".

For network executives, tradition and news judgment - the simple idea that this is "a presidential address from the Oval Office" - outweighed concerns about the content.

'But these people behind you say it's worth it, ' Trump reportedly added, gesturing at communications aides Bill Shine, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway.

Immediately following Trump's approximately 10 minute speech, Smith broke down a "number of claims" that were deliberately misleading.

"Just because you say it's a crisis doesn't necessarily make it one", ABC White House correspondent Cecilia Vega said following the president's address.

Wallace reserved her harshest criticism for Trump's attempt to fabricate the appearance of a crisis where there is none.

Tlaib apologizes over Trump slam, but only for causing 'distraction'
Rashida Tlaib's remark that she was going to Washington to impeach the "motherf-ker." "I can not wait to inspire the next generation", she said.

Trump's narrative about the southern border "really is fiction".

Seth Meyers, the host of "Late Night" on NBC, took a position about this on his show Monday night.

This latest government shutdown, the second-longest in the nation's history, occurred when talks broke down between congressional leaders and the White House over a spending deal. Among the key demo of adults age 25-54, Fox News averaged 1.8 million, compared to 1.4 million demo viewers for CNN while MSNBC failed to crack the 1 million viewer plateau.

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer released a joint statement on Monday evening calling for equal air time.

As of Tuesday morning, all the major cable and broadcast networks have confirmed that they will carry the Democratic speech.