Donald Trump’s first address to the nation from the Oval Office started as expected - a warning that there was a growing humanitarian and security crisis at the border.
He stopped short of declaring a national emergency, a move that may have allowed him to bypass Congress when it comes to funding his border wall.
Rather than opening with a demand for a wall, President Trump left mentions of the barrier to the end of his address. Was this a sign perhaps of a softening stance?
He also spoke about the humanitarian situation at the border being a "crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".
He referenced the hurt being experienced by people and spoke about American blood being shed.
President Trump needs to win over a sceptical public when it comes to his border wall and the resulting shutdown. Is pulling at the heartstrings rather than banging the desk a new tactic?
Many of the claims made in the run up to this address have been questioned and disproven.
Democrats warned that President Trump’s speech would be full of misinformation. It wasn’t exactly "full" of falsehoods, but there were some questionable claims.
He said that Democrats had requested a steel barrier rather than a wall, a claim they have rejected.
The president also said the wall would be indirectly paid for by a new trade deal with Mexico. Economists say there’s no evidence that this will be the case.
Inaccurate claims handed Democrats an easy win. In their rebuttal speech, they accused President Trump of putting fear before facts and of manufacturing a crisis.
The address from Democratic leaders was full of clever sound bites but, like President Trump’s speech, it lacked any new proposals on ending the partial government shutdown that’s entering its 19th day.
The President and the Democrats got to trade blows on prime-time television last night, but it doesn’t help the 800,000 federal workers who were no doubt watching their TV screens, worried about where their next pay cheque will come from.