WATCH: President Trump's first address to the nation from the Oval Office in full 3 years ago

WATCH: President Trump's first address to the nation from the Oval Office in full

He uses his nine minutes to defend the border wall and government shutdown.

In his first ever address to the nation from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump spoke to America about the government shutdown and the reasons why he believes America needs a border wall.


At the moment, the US government is in partial shutdown, primarily because the Democrats will not support the full $5.6 billion price tag for building the border wall... the same wall that Trump had claimed Mexico would pay for during his campaign, but which, here, Trump said: "The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico."

Among the other claims across the address are:

"More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War."

"Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90% of which floods across from our southern border."


"All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans."

Around two-thirds of the way through the address, Trump began to list some of the more horrific crimes that have occurred in America in the last year that are related to illegal aliens.

CNN have fact-checked the majority of Trump's statements, and they claim that while the majority of the individual facts are mostly accurate, the context of their use in his address are practically impossible to prove.

Watch his address in full here:


Clip via The White House