Why Trump invited these particular Americans to the State of the Union

Why Trump invited these particular Americans to the State of the Union

Why Trump invited these particular Americans to the State of the Union

With another shutdown deadline looming, the president has few options for getting Congress to fund a border wall, and he risks further alienating his party if he tries to circumvent lawmakers by declaring a national emergency instead. If he builds his State of the Union around the wall, he will be building it around an issue with little constituency outside the most pro-Trump factions of the Republican party. The speech was delayed for a week because of the shutdown, which ended on Jan 25.

The speech outlines what is happening in the country and is broadcast throughout the U.S. and the world. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who stood by Trump during the shutdown, said Tuesday that his top priority is forging a bipartisan House-Senate agreement, not placating Trump.

But broader cooperation seems unlikely, especially if Trump pushes forward with the border wall. Instead he will urge a congressional committee to work out a border security deal by February 15. "We have sent additional military".

U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The first family's other guests include Grace Eline, a child who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 9; Judah Samet, a Holocaust survivor who lived through the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Ashley Evans, a recovering opioid addict; Elvin Hernandez, a special agent at the Department of Homeland Security who focuses on human trafficking; and Debra Bissell, Heather Armstrong and Madison Armstrong - family members of a Nevada couple who authorities say were killed by an undocumented immigrant.

President Trump is expected to call for unity during his second State of the Union address - but a handful of Democrats aren't planning on listening to the president's pleas Tuesday night, as they don't plan to attend the historic event.

Trump's message could also be undermined by his threats to go his own way on the long-promised wall if he cannot get Congress to approve the funding he wants.

Democrats, however, view the wall within a broader context that includes the president's hardline rhetoric about illegal immigration since he was a presidential candidate.

"The amount of damage, division and confusion Trump has inflicted on the American people over the last six weeks has been a blemish on the new Congress and I refuse to be witness to his continued antics", Blumenauer added to the newspaper. Such a move would "upend" the balance of powers between the White House and Congress, Republican Senator Susan Collins told reporters on Tuesday. They will sit with first lady Melania Trump during the address. He will also give an update on trade talks with the Chinese.

"Anybody who's sitting there with their arms folded ... looking like they sucked on ... lemons, that's not on him because he's calling for unity, he's calling for working together", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News of Democratic lawmakers.

"One thing you will see is that the chamber is full and the president is surrounded by women, by people of colour, by individuals who have really been hurt by this president and numerous actions that he has taken", Jayapal said.

The source said Trump would discuss troop drawdowns in Syria and Afghanistan and that about half the speech would be devoted to foreign policy.

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

Representative Pramila Jayapal said on Monday she would invite climate scientist Lisa Graumlich, dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, to underscore the climate change issue. There's no reason for them to shrink even an inch.

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