Trump will make the visit Thursday to "meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis" at the southern border, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a tweet.
Shortly after Sanders' tweet, Trump announced via Twitter that "I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern." NBC News reported that Trump will deliver his speech from the Oval Office, marking his first-ever evening address from that room.
The announcements on Monday came days after Trump himself confirmed reports that he has considered using his emergency powers as a tool to fund the border wall. The president does have the ability to declare a national emergency, though the specific powers at his disposal once he does are unclear, legal scholars told NBC News.
In an off-camera briefing with reporters Monday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters that Trump has yet to decide whether he will declare a national emergency over the border wall. The White House counsel's office is looking at the legality of such a measure, Pence added.
Pence claimed that talks between administration officials and Democrats over the weekend provided "evidence of productive discussion" between the two deeply entrenched sides.
Pence reportedly also said that Democratic staff asserted during talks over the weekend that there will be no negotiations until the government is re-opened.
A Democratic aide familiar with the meetings told CNBC that the administration "doubled down on their partisan proposal that led to the trump shutdown in the first place" in the meetings, holding firm to a $5.7 billion wall funding demand "that everyone knows can't pass either chamber of congress."