President Trump will speak at Friday's March for Life rally of anti-abortion activists, the president and the organization said Wednesday. Mr. Trump tweeted, "See you Friday ... Big crowd!" while retweeting a comment from the organization.
Mr. Trump will be the first president ever to attend and speak in person at the annual rally in Washington D.C., which is held around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Mr. Trump has delivered speeches by live-stream in the past, and Vice President Mike Pence has attended since 2017. In 2017, Pence framed Mr. Trump's victory as a win for the anti-abortion movement. "Life is winning again in America," Pence said. "That is evident in...the historic election of a president...who I proudly say stands for the right to life."
Pence had previously been the highest-ranking member of any presidential administration to attend. In the past, some Republican presidents have made remarks to the crowd by phone. Mr. Trump has made appealing to evangelical Christians, a majority of whom are anti-abortion, a cornerstone of his presidency.