Trump to press border wall fight in State of the Union speech

Trump to press border wall fight in State of the Union speech

Trump to press border wall fight in State of the Union speech

For instance, when President Trump announced that black unemployment is the lowest ever recorded, the Democrats couldn't even wipe the contempt off their faces for a second to acknowledge the good news.

Hanging over it all will be Robert Mueller's investigation, which has so far resulted in indictments or guilty pleas from six Trump associates and has inched closer to the president with the recent indictment of longtime ally Roger Stone.

And the main thing Republican senators seem to want is to avoid ever having to make a straightforward up-or-down vote on the border wall, which remains extremely popular with Republican voters but also seems destined to become an embarrassment beyond even the Iraq War within the next few years. "Symbolic dissent is fine, but this was a cacophony of causes: black clothing (for #MeToo), kente ties and sashes (because of Trump's Africa insult), butterfly stickers (for the "dreamers"), red buttons (for a victim of racial crime), and the more bipartisan purple ribbons (for the opioid epidemic)".

Although Trump had nothing on his public schedule, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump has meetings Tuesday, including with his chief of staff.

Melania Trump has said she will focus on countering online bullying as first lady. The New York Democrat said on the Senate floor Tuesday that Trump talks about unity in his annual addresses to the nation but "spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us".

Under pressure from conservative backers, Mr Trump refused to sign a government funding bill that did not include money for his long-sought border wall. The committee, which is tasked with negotiating a compromise on border security, met for the first time last week.

With the new 15 February funding deadline looming, Trump is expected to use his address to outline his demands, which still include funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. That has led Trump to contemplate declaring a national emergency, which he says would let him reallocate funding from elsewhere without congressional action. Advisers have also been reviewing options to secure some funding without making such a declaration.

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The president's address marks the first time he is speaking before a Congress that is not fully under Republican control.

Things started off in a normal fashion - on January 4, newly minted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., invited Trump to deliver the State of the Union in the House chamber on January 29.

In the audience will be several Democrats running to challenge Trump in 2020, including Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.

Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, will deliver the party's response to Trump.

The most dire poll included in that average is Gallup's, which found a week ago that just 37 per cent of Americans approve of Trump's work in the White House.

On the domestic front, Trump is expected to speak about the US's robust economy and job growth.

Back in the Obama era, Slog readers said the state of our union was everything from "damn lucky" to "drone-struck" and "meh".

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