HONOLULU - In his first-ever primetime address from the Oval Office, President Trump appealed directly to the American people for his border wall, but stopped short of declaring a national emergency to pay for it.

In his 10 minute speech, riddled with factual inaccuracies, the president argued of a crisis at the southern border.

"A crisis of the heart. The crisis of the soul. Every day, Customs and border patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country," Trump said.

But in reality, total apprehensions of illegal crossers have actually plunged in recent decades. Though they have ticked up over the past year, they are still at historic lows.  

The president also pointed to drug trafficking to make his case.

"Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week 300 citizens are killed by heroin alone. 90% of which floods across from our southern border," Trump stated.

Yes 90% of heroin does come across the southern border, but almost all of it comes through legal points of entry, and a border wall would not stop it. 

The president went on to say Mexico is going to pay for the wall, through a trade deal he made with the country. But there is no evidence the president's revised NAFTA agreement would do that, and Congress still needs to approve it. 

In addition, it seems his fight with Congress and the shutdown will end no time soon.