President Donald Trump is seriously considering a televised address to the nation explaining the administration's "zero tolerance policy" regarding illegal immigrants and calling on voters to urge Democrats in Congress to support the Trump administration package.
Newsmax learned Monday that several Republican consultants were urging the president to make such an address to the nation from the Oval Office — his first since taking office last year.
Moreover, sources told us, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has reportedly urged Mr. Trump to make such an address and do it soon.
Newsmax pointed out to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday afternoon that Trump is the first president in the television age never to have made a full-blown policy address to the American public from the Oval Office and asked whether he would finally use such a vehicle to explain his policy on illegal immigration.
"[I] certainly don't want to take anything off the table or any tool away from the president," Sanders told us. He does address the American people in a number of different venues and formats. And I'll certainly pass along that suggestion to him."
Although Trump has made the same brief weekend addresses online as former President Barack Obama, he has yet to make a nationally televised policy address from the Oval Office in the manner of every president since Harry Truman. President Dwight Eisenhower used this format to announce federal troops would integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957, John F. Kennedy explained the Cuban Missile Crisis on television from the Oval Office in 1961, and Richard Nixon announced his resignation to the nation from his office in 1974.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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