CLOSEWestlake Legal Group icon_close President Trump to deliver 'major statement' Sunday, White House says

President Donald Trump is expected to deliver a “major statement” Sunday, the White House announced late Saturday.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Trump will address the nation Sunday at 9 a.m. ET from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It wasn’t immediately clear what the president will discuss in his speech.

The scheduled announcement comes after Trump teased his Twitter followers that: “Something very big has just happened!”

Citing a senior US defense official, CNN reported that the U.S. military targeted Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in northwest Syria on Saturday. According to Newsweek, Trump approved the mission nearly a week before it took place.

In April, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, released a video purportedly showing Baghdadi for the first time in nearly five years, praising the Sri Lanka attackers and calling those deadly bombings revenge for the Islamic State’s defeat in Syria, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremist groups. 

Those attacks, carried out on Easter Sunday against Catholic churches and high-end hotels, killed more than 250 people, including at least four Americans

Contributing: Deirdre Shesgreen

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