President Donald Trump said Monday he plans to give a prime-time speech on border security and visit the U.S.-Mexico border this week amid a partial federal government shutdown over his insistence on building a wall there.
Trump tweeted that he would “Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border” on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET shortly after the White House announced he would visit the border on Thursday.
It was not clear how many news networks intend to carry the speech live.
“President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wrote on Twitter Monday. “More details will be announced soon.”
The announcements come after a weekend in which White House negotiators, led by Vice President Mike Pence, and congressional staff made little apparent headway in trying to resolve the impasse, which has led several federal agencies — accounting for about a quarter of the federal government — to cease all functions but those deemed most “essential” to the public.
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