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Trump to Deliver Primetime Address from Oval Office Tuesday Night (UPDATES)

With the federal government shutdown in its 17th day, President Donald Trump is set to deliver a primetime address to the nation on Tuesday night.

After initial reports that networks were skittish about giving primetime air to the president, all networks have announced they intend to broadcast the speech live: that’s CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, FOX, NBC and ABC.

According to The New York Times, the White House officially made the request to the networks to interrupt their primetime schedules earlier on Monday. Times reporter Michael Grynbaum initially reported that braodcast networks were hesitant because of “skepticism about handing over airwaves for political statement.”

Additionally, Trump will be traveling to the Southern border on Thursday, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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