WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump will give a speech Thursday on illegal immigration, remarks that come just five days before the midterm elections.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the speech, scheduled for 4:15 p.m. EDT, will be “brief” and also provide “an update on border security.”
The president was initially expected to deliver remarks earlier this week, but Sanders told reporters Monday that there was no formal plan for a speech.
As the election nears, Trump has attempted to draw focus toward a migrant caravan that is heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to apply for asylum.
Trump lamented on Twitter on Friday that a bomb scare, in which packages containing improvised explosive devices were sent to over a dozen public figures, dominated the media’s attention. On the same day, Cesar Sayoc of Aventura, Fla., was arrested in the attempted attacks and faces five federal charges.
Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
The president has made a number of claims regarding the caravan, including that it is larger than reported and includes gang members as well as “unknown Middle Easterners,” but has not provided evidence.
On Monday, the Defense Department announced that over 5,000 active duty troops would be deployed to the border to assist law enforcement with security operations.
Trump said Wednesday that the number could grow to be as large as 15,000, but the administration has not provided any formal timeline or details.
After delivering Thursday’s speech, Trump will travel to Columbia, Mo., for another rally. Wednesday night he held a rally in Fort Meyers, Fla.
He will host nine before Election Day on Tuesday.