SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump will address the nation Tuesday night.
Trump will deliver the speech at 7 p.m. MST.
NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and Fox broadcast network will air the speech, according to CNN. CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will also air the speech.
As of this writing, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC will show the Democratic Party's response. Meanwhile, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and Fox Business will do the same for cable, NBC News reports.
He will focus his speech primarily on immigration, according to multiple reports.
Trump confirmed the speech on Twitter Monday afternoon:
Bigger picture: Trump plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border later in the week as part of his effort to build a border wall, which has been the main part of his negotiations with Democrats over the partial government shutdown, The New York Times reports.
- White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Trump’s plans to travel to the border on Thursday.
Network controversy: CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that networks didn't automatically accept the president's request to air the speech. ABC, NBC and CBS all later agreed to show it.
- "He calls us fake news all the time, but needs access to airwaves. … If we give him the time, he'll deliver a fact-free screed without rebuttal. And if we don't give him the time, he'll call every network partisan,” one executive told CNN.
- The New York Times reports the networks have more to consider: "Pre-empting prime-time coverage is an expensive proposition for television executives, who have sold millions of dollars’ worth of advertising against entertainment programming."
History: In 2014, all four major networks refused then-President Barack Obama’s request to air an address on proposed executive actions about immigration, The Washington Post reported.
Another speech: We might see Trump speak to the nation again this month.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued an invitation to Trump to deliver the State of the Union later this month, CNN reports.
- Pelosi issued the letter a few hours after her election as speaker.
- "In the spirit of our Constitution, I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, in the House Chamber," the letter read.