What to Watch for in Trump’s National Address on Immigration

President Trump will make his case for a border wall on Tuesday night. Here is what to watch for and some of the larger issues the president faces.

President Trump’s greatest hurdle in persuading Americans that there is a national security crisis on the southwest border may well be his own credibility.

Mr. Trump is using a rare currency — a prime-time address to the nation — to make the case for a border wall with Mexico, an issue that has forced a partial shutdown of the federal government.

His penchant for superlatives — “the best,” “the worst,” “never,” “always,” and now, “crisis” — and his record of falsehoods, misstatements and exaggerations on the topic will likely be challenged as never before.

Here is what to watch for and some of the larger issues the president faces.

Mr. Trump will deliver his speech at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. It will be aired by major broadcast and cable news networks and streamed live at www.nytimes.com.


By Michael Tackett and Linda Qiu for THE NEW YORK TIMES

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