White House announces State of the Union guests

White House announces State of the Union guests

White House announces State of the Union guests

And tonight, the president will no doubt use his State of the Union address to reassure them that he hasn't given up on his promise of a U.S./Mexico border wall.

"You'll hear the State of the Union", the President said.

The Democratic response will come from the unsuccessful candidate for Georgia governor, Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the party.

After weeks of mounting anticipation-coupled with a tragic delay as President Trump and Nancy Pelosi squabbled over the erstwhile government shutdown-it's finally time to strap in for the Super Bowl of national politics, a presidential speech that, for pomp, melodrama, and a total lack of subtlety or irony, is always guaranteed to put the Big Game to shame.

At 9pm EST (10am on Wednesday, Singapore time) before a joint session of Congress, Trump likely will stir contention with remarks on immigration policy, after his demand for US$5.7 billion (S$7.7 billion) in wall funds triggered a historic 35-day partial government shutdown that more than half of Americans blamed him for, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

Trump is set to outline his agenda while facing a new reality: a House chamber controlled by Democrats.

Among House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's State of the Union guests are the Planned Parenthood president, active-duty transgender service members and chef Jose Andres.

Trump's speech also will offer an olive branch to opponents as he looks toward the 2020 election, targeting areas he sees for potential bipartisan agreement, such as infrastructure improvements, lowering prescription drug costs and healthcare. That's the longest such period on record. Despite the objections of some advisers, Trump announced in December that he was withdrawing U.S. forces in Syria.

"I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened", she wrote.

Experts say that Trump may immediately face a legal battle if he opts to declare a national emergency. "Because we have a much better issue", he said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seems to have triggered Trump's Twitter complaint. Teasing a dramatic announcement is the only thing that might get large numbers of people to tune in to a speech they know will be poorly written, racist and full of lies.

However, a Defense Department inspector general report released Monday said the Islamic State group "remains a potent force of battle-hardened and well-disciplined fighters that could likely resurge in Syria" absent continued counterterrorism pressure. One that is expected to be announced is a new initiative aimed at ending transmissions of HIV by 2030. Among those attending is 11-year-old Joshua Trump, who made headlines last December when it was reported that he was in the process of changing his last name after being bullied at school.

Conway says Trump will also meet with guests the White House has invited to sit with first lady Melania Trump during the speech.

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