Ellen DeGeneres and the Johnson family may need to make way for the Commander-in-Chief.
The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump is seeking primetime air time on Tuesday night to speak to the country about the government shutdown, which on Monday entered its 17th day. Trump confirmed as much in the tweet below, listing the topic as “the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border.” No broadcast networks have yet to clear their decks to accommodate the request.
According to CNN, Trump wants to present to the nation his stance on the shutdown and the need for greater security ahead of his trip to the southern border this Thursday.
Fresh fare on tap for this Tuesday at 9/8c includes ABC’s black-ish and Splitting Up Together, the second hour of NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games, CBS’ FBI and Fox’s The Gifted.
UPDATE: Thus far, CBS has confirmed for TVLine that it will air the address, which according to the White House will run just eight minutes. No official word yet from ABC, NBC or Fox (which due a miscommunication earlier reported its State of the Union coverage plans).
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UPDATE: ABC, Fox and NBC are now also confirmed to carry the eight-minute address; I am hearing that all of their Tuesday programs are expected to run in their entirety.
Parts of the United States government shut down on Dec. 22 — leaving about 800,000 federal workers on the clock without pay, and several federal systems closed — when a deal could not be reached between lawmakers and the president to earmark north of $5 billion to fund a physical wall spanning the southern border. (Federal employees who are furloughed will get back pay, however.)
President Trump affirmed on Sunday that he might “declare a national emergency” in order to use military dollars to pay for the wall.