- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2008

NEW YORK — President Bush is considering an address to the nation tonight that would deal with the economic crisis, but nothing has been decided yet.

The president is meeting now with foreign leaders in Manhattan on free trade, and moments ago spoke to reporters about his administration’s $700 billion rescue plan, which has come under fire on Capitol Hill this week from both Democrats and Republicans.

“I know theyre going to want to hear about our rescue plan,” Mr. Bush said of the foreign leaders. “As they can see, our legislative process is full of give and take.”

“But I am confident that when its all said and done there will be a robust plan,” said Mr. Bush, who returns to Washington this afternoon.

Mr. Bush has been criticized by some for not playing a more public role during the last 10 days. The White House believes the president has a responsibility to tread carefully with statements about the markets.

A national address would likely be aimed at explaining the crisis to the nation as well as putting pressure on Congress to pass the plan by the end of this week.

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