But the president is rejecting these bipartisan bills, which would reopen government over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall - a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for.
"Republicans and Democrats, all good to go, they can pass it and we're ready, and the White House says no", Smith said, taking a shot at a White House statement citing a border crisis, which Smith said was "arguably of their own making".
Fox News led coverage for President Trump's primetime address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, drawing 8.2 million viewers from 9-9:15 p.m. ET, easily besting its cable and broadcast competition.
It's Day 17 of the USA government shutdown, with Donald Trump refusing to budge on his demand of $5.7 billion to build his border wall, and about to make a prime-time address on the subject on Tuesday. "But much of the debate centered around whether or not it is appropriate to give the president a forum to lie to us on television".
While Trump issued scary warnings about murders by immigrants, Smith said, "Statistics show that there is less violent crime by the undocumented immigrant population than by the general population". Bernie Sanders, also rejecting the president's characterization. MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow were already pre-fact checking the president, offering corrections to claims they expected him to make and offered liberal-friendly speculation about how the shutdown might end.
While networks air presidential addresses when the topic is of national importance, they're not required to do so.
"The president made no news and no new proposals", he said. As a stalemate between Congress and the president continues, Trump hasconsidered using national emergency powers to declare a crisis at the border in order to build a wall without the approval of lawmakers.
Hours after the lunch, Trump spoke to the nation from the Oval Office for the first time in his presidency. "The following 15 minutes, including analysis and the Pelosi-Schumer rebuttal, averaged 29.3 across those same networks, a bump of about 4 percent".
There is no excuse for hurting millions of Americans over a policy difference.