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Trump Plans Speech on Shutdown…Kim Travels to China…Ghosn Claims He’s Been Falsely Accused

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump is set to make his first Oval Office speech as president, to argue in prime time that a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the wall he’s demanding before ending the partial government shutdown. Trump’s Tuesday night speech will be followed Thursday by a visit to the southern border. His administration is at least talking about the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to move forward on the wall without Congress approving the $5.6 billion he wants.

BEIJING (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to meet with China’s president at the start of a visit to Beijing believed to be an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim’s trip, announced earlier by both sides, comes after U.S. and North Korean officials are thought to have met in Vietnam to discuss the site of a second summit.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is set to depart Turkey without meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an apparent snub over disagreements about Kurdish fighters in Syria. A U.S. official had said over the weekend that the two were expected to have consultations on Tuesday about the fate of Kurds allied with the United States in Syria as part of discussions about President Donald Trump’s troop draw-down from the country.

TOKYO (AP) – The former chairman of Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. has told a Tokyo court that he was “wrongfully accused” of false financial reporting and other allegations. In his first public appearance since he was detained on Nov. 19, Ghosn denied any wrongdoing and proclaimed his loyalty to the company. Explaining Ghosn’s lengthy detention, the judge said he was considered a flight risk.

DALLAS (AP) – A sign of the widening effect of the partial government shutdown is becoming visible at the nation’s airports, where security checkpoints are experiencing longer lines and safety inspections are reduced. Security officers and air traffic controllers are working but not getting paid right away, and the Transportation Security Administration acknowledges an increase in absences. The shutdown is in its 18th day Tuesday, with some government buildings and national parks closed.

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