Trump To Deliver First Prime Time Policy Speech

In his first scheduled TV prime time broadcast to the nation, President Donald Trump Monday night will outline a new international military strategy.

The White House was billing the 9 p.m. speech as "an address to our Nation’s troops and the American people."

He will deliver it form Fort Meyer, just outside Washington, to "provide an "update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan, the nation's longest war, and South Asia."

It will also, at least potentially, be a chance to take some of the focus off of his domestic troubles in the wake of the Charlottesville violence and its political aftermath by focusing on foreign policy.

CBS will's Anthony Mason will anchor that network's coverage, with Major Garrett reporting from the White House, David Martin from the Pentagon and Charlie D'Agata from Kabul, Afghanistan.

CNN was billing it as the "first prime-time broadcast on a specific policy issue to the nation as president."

Shepard Smith will anchor the coverage for Fox Broadcasting stations, while Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will anchor for Fox News Channel, with input from The Five's Dana Perino, senior political analyst Juan Williams and FNC contributors Gillian Turner and General Jack Keane. Neil Cavuto will host for Fox Business Network.

Lester Holt will anchor for NBC News starting at 9 p.m. E.T., along with Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd.  Hallie Jackson will report from Fort Myer.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.