President Donald Trump said Monday he’s planning a prime-time address to the nation, as he scheduled a visit to the southern border amid a lengthening partial government shutdown.
SPEECH, TRIP PLANNED AS SHUTDOWN GOES INTO WEEK THREE
With the partial government shutdown entering its third week, Trump is planning two events as the parties clash over his proposed border wall. On Twitter, the president said he’ll address the country at 9 p.m. Eastern Tuesday night. And on Thursday, Trump is planning to visit the U.S.-Mexico border “to meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis,” according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Investors are watching the partial shutdown as some federal government employees are expected to see their first missed paycheck as a result of the impasse. U.S. stocks
extended gains on Monday as investors watched for further signs of a thaw in the U.S.-China trade dispute.
‘PROPER PACE’ FOR LEAVING SYRIA
The president also denied any changes to his plans for U.S. troops to leave Syria, following a Sunday New York Times report that National Security Adviser John Bolton “rolled back” Trump’s decision to rapidly withdraw. When Trump first announced his decision, he ordered troops to begin leaving the country in 30 days. Later, he said it would be “over a period of time,” backing away from a quick pullout.
“We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!” Trump tweeted.
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