President Donald Trump will deliver a primetime national address on Tuesday night.
Many observers have expressed concern that Trump's address will include lies and fear-mongering, and that he may even declare a national emergency to build the wall he promised voters Mexico would pay for without Congressional approval.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said he believes that if Trump tries to build the wall on his own, he will face a court challenge. He thinks Trump will therefore back off and strike some sort of compromise.
"I don't expect him to fully capitulate but I do expect him to compromise," Coons said. "He is the first American president to lead a shutdown of his own government, a shutdown that started when Republicans had control of the House and the Senate. This is a president who has trouble hearing 'yes.' Democrats are saying 'Yes, we want to increase border security, and find a fix to our immigration system. But demanding a border wall and threatening to use his executive powers to do so is no way to accomplish those goals."
The issue holding Trump back, Coons said, is the fact that he and his administration work from bad information.
"He certainly has lots of advisers capable of providing him with factual and detailed briefings. One of the things we've heard repeatedly frequently and widely in this administration is that he just doesn't read briefing materials that are of any depth or detail. He spends a lot more time watching cable TV news than he does reading his intelligence briefings and meeting with his own advisers. That concerns me greatly... My hunch is that he's choosing to hear more what's broadcast on a few TV networks than what's being provided to him by professionals."