President Trump to Address Nation Tuesday Night on ‘Crisis on Our Southern Border’; Will Visit Border Thursday

Update: President Trump confirmed Monday afternoon he will speak to the nation Tuesday night, “I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.”

 

President Trump is scheduled to visit the Southern border on Thursday, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders who made the announcement via Twitter on Monday. Trump visited the border in San Diego last March to review border wall prototypes.

“President will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon.”

 

The New York Times reported Monday on the White House asking networks to interrupt their prime time schedules Tuesday night for a presidential address on the partial government shutdown over funding for a border wall and border security measures.

“President Trump wants to address the nation about the government shutdown on Tuesday night, and later in the week plans to travel to the southern border as part of his effort to persuade Americans of the need for a border wall — the sticking point in negotiations with Democrats who are eager to reopen shuttered agencies.

“The White House did not immediately respond to questions about a request to television networks to carve out time for an Oval Office address. A person familiar with the request said the White House had asked to interrupt prime time programming on Tuesday.”

Trump posted an update Sunday on the ongoing negotiations with Congress, “V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.”


US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump posted a border wall meme to Instagram last Thursday.

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