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Democrats fire back at Trump for “manufacturing” a shutdown “crisis”

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In a rebuttal to President Trump's prime-time address Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed Trump has rejected bipartisan bills to re-open the government at the expense of "millions of Americans," and that the situation at the southern border with Mexico is "a humanitarian challenge," not "a security threat."

Why it matters: It is Day 18 of a partial government shutdown, and the two sides couldn't be farther apart.

Go deeper: The truth about Trump's border crisis