On Tuesday evening, the president of the United States addressed the country amidst an ongoing government shutdown caused by a stalemate over southern border wall funding. During his speech in the Oval Office, Trump shared lots of information about the state of border security — some of which was misleading. Indeed, fact-checking Trump's border speech reveals that he's stretching his case for building a border wall pretty far in some cases.
During his address, Trump repeatedly lamented what he believes are the perils associated with illegal immigration. He also told the American public that there is "a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border."
The president cited the American economy, the drug trade, and criminal activity as some of the many reasons why he believes it is imperative to construct a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. He also blamed Democrats for perpetuating the government shutdown and accused them of rescinding support for border security that he believes they have previously offered under past administrations.
In taking a closer look at Trump's claims, many of them are misleading or, at the very least, require more context. The list below lends insight into some of the key assertions Trump made during his address — and examines exactly how they may or may not further his argument for the wall.