Update from Jake Tapper at 6:30pm ET:
President Obama Will address the nation about Libya at 7:30pm on Monday.
Original Post at 4:59 PM ET
ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
Amid criticism that the president has not appropriately addressed the mission and military objective in Libya to American people, the White House said today the president will speak to the nation in the very near future.
“He believes it's vitally important as part of his role as president and commander in chief to speak to the American people about an operation like this. And he will do that in the very near future.” White House press secretary Jay Carney said of the president’s anticipated address,“ And he will speak to the American people, as he has in the past, about how he made his decision, what the objectives are and why he thinks it's the right thing for the United States and for the American people.”
The White House would not give any details as to when the president would be speaking formally on Libya, except to say it will not be today.
A recent Gallup poll this week found that just 47% of Americans approve of US intervention in Libya, which is the lowest level of support of a US military campaign in at least 30 years.
“I think that the American people have a lot on their mind and a lot on their plate right now,” Carney said responded to the poll numbers, “we're still coming out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. We've been focused — the American people have, as well as the government — on the tragic events in Japan. I think there's — it's a lot for anybody to process."
He added though that the administration is “confident” that the president’s decision to move forward with the mission in Libya is the right one, something the president will explain when he does speak directly to the nation.