President Obama will deliver remarks at the 2016 Academy Awards later this evening, highlighting the chilling effect of President Donald Trump, according to the White House.
Obama, in his first remarks since taking office, will be addressing the Oscars in what will be his first time addressing the annual event, which is expected to draw a record number of TV viewers.
He will address the awards in front of an audience of more than 7 million, with the President himself set to be a guest speaker.
He is also expected to use the ceremony to address the country’s opioid epidemic, and to take aim at his successor, Republican President Donald J. Trump, who has promised to make combating the scourge a top priority.
He is expected, though, to focus on issues related to gun control, education, women’s rights, health care and the environment, with Obama also expected address the “challenges facing the nation in the wake of the election.”
In a separate announcement, the White Senate announced that former Secretary of State John Kerry will be joining the White Houses senior advisor on international affairs, with Vice President Joe Biden also expected on the podium.
Obama’s remarks will be at 7:30 p.m.
EST (2130 GMT) on NBC.ABC News’ John Santucci contributed to this report.