Address to the nation

An address to the nation is typically a speech made by a nation’s political leader, usually to respond to a time of crisis or make other crucial announcements that are in the public interest. Because it is usually made in response to a specific situation or event, there is no set date or time for when such an address is delivered, unlike many of the other categories of speech covered in this guide.

On 8th of January, 2019, US President Donald Trump delivered an address to the nation about the threat of immigration from Latin American nations south of the US. The background of the speech was a rise in immigration numbers from these countries. Trump opened his speech with the following statement:

My fellow Americans, tonight I’m speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.[1]

The purpose of Trump’s address was to secure political and public supp...

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