SALT LAKE CITY — Vice President Mike Pence is tentatively scheduled to visit Utah next week to speak on trade at a Wasatch Front location that has yet to be determined, several sources confirmed.

Pence’s visit would be Thursday, Aug. 22. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation and details of the visit. But sources in Washington, the U.S. Senate and in Utah confirmed the pending visit.

Two sources said the vice president was to speak at the Midvale headquarters of internet retailer Overstock.com, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary next week, but recent controversial comments by the company’s CEO nixed that plan and the White House is vetting other potential locales.

An Overstock spokesman referred all inquiries to the vice president’s office “regarding his schedule.” 

One source said the topic of Pence’s remarks will be international trade, but where he will be speaking and whom he will meet with on his official visit hasn’t been decided. On Wednesday, the vice president tweeted that he will be in Detroit on Monday to speak about the economy.

“I will travel to the Great State of Michigan where I’ll talk to the Detroit Economic Club about why our economic agenda is benefiting businesses large & small and hardworking Americans are thriving!” he wrote.

But that rosy depiction conflicts with unstable securities markets worldwide reacting this week to signals of pending economic decline.

“Trading was again turbulent, and markets around the world jerked up and down Thursday as they’ve been doing for weeks,” The Associated Press reported today. “Prices for everything from stocks to gold to oil have been heaving as investors flail from one moment of uncertainty around Trump’s trade war to another around what central banks will do with interest rates.”

Overstock’s decline in value dropped for other reasons, according to analysts.

CEO Patrick Byrne made headlines early this week after he released a statement Monday responding to a blog post that detailed his involvement in the federal government’s investigation into the 2016 election.

He characterized himself as “the notorious ‘missing Chapter 1’ of the Russian investigation” and called the federal agents he claims to have assisted in three investigations as “the Men in Black.” 

“Unfortunately, this third time turned out to be less about law enforcement and more about political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and to a lesser degree, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz),” Byrne said.

In a statement released Thursday, a company spokesman said Monday’s statement represented Byrne’s personal views and the company “remains independent of the situation.”

CNBC said Byrne’s comments caught analysts’ attention, citing a research note by D.A. Davidson’s Tom Forte.

“Having read the articles, we see the potential for the situation to have a negative impact on Overstock’s operating results, given the controversy around the subject matter,” Forte wrote. “As such, we will continue to monitor the situation to see if it does, in fact, impact the company’s performance.”

CNBC reported that Overstock shares plunged about 36% in the three trading days since Byrne’s comments, but the stock was recovering Thursday, closing at $18.46 per share up from $15.97 on Wednesday.