President Donald Trump's address to the nation is being criticised as a "political party broadcast by democrats, but has received plenty of support from conservatives.
The US President has pleaded his case for a border wall in a national address from the Oval Office.
US correspondent Nick Bryant told Tim Dower these special addresses are rare and usually in response to tragedy, with Barack Obama giving just three in his eight-year presidency.
“They are usually used to soothe the nation after a terrible event such as a mass shooting, or announce something like the capture of Osama bin Laden.
White House officials urged Trump to make it fearing he's losing the political blame game over the shut down, which is hurting the White House and benefiting the Democrats.”
LISTEN ABOVE AS NICK BRYANT SPEAKS TO TIM DOWER