What you need to know about the State of the Union address

Friday, 08 Feb, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY seems to have triggered the latest Trump twitter outburst when he said on the Senate floor that the president talks about unity in his annual addresses to the nation but "spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us".

Millions of Americans are expected to watch the address on television, giving the Republican president his biggest opportunity to date to explain why he believes a barrier is needed on the United States southern border with Mexico. The speech was delayed for a week because of the shutdown, which ended on Jan 25.

And the makeup of the House chamber - with Democrats newly in the majority and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the chair behind him - also were very much on display.

She has shown no sign of budging from her opposition to Trump's wall-funding demand.

He predicted that Trump will use the platform to issue another ultimatum, threatening to declare a national emergency if he doesn't get funding for the wall.

But beyond the substance of Trump's speech, Panagopoulos said that he will be watching for what kind of tone the president adopts. His speech will apparently call for unity across party lines and focus on border security and immigration, among other issues.

"You're going to continue see the president push for policies that help continue the economic boom", Sanders said Monday night while appearing on "Hannity" on Fox News.

Such a declaration, a legally-mandated executive power of a USA president, would enable him to bypass congressional approval and redirect funds already allocated by Congress for other purposes, possibly at the Pentagon, to his desired border wall.

Trump will speak before the 116th Congress, a different crowd from past year when the Senate and House were controlled by the president's own Republican party.

"Simply put, walls work and walls save lives".

Trump is also expected to address several foreign policy issues, such as trade talks with China, pulling U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan, a diplomatic drive with North Korea and a growing political crisis in Venezuela, among others.

The speech outlines what is happening in the country and is broadcast throughout the U.S. and the world.

On CBS Sunday, President Trump suggested once again that he'd shut down the government another time if he doesn't get the funding he wants. To them, his words about illegal immigrants make building a border barrier to keep them out "immoral" and antithetical to their view of America's traditional values. "The decision is ours to make", Trump will say in his address, according to the excerpts of the speech.

"Do we see a persistence of division, or is there a call to unite and come together for the good of the country?"

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer says Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.

In keeping with tradition, Trump will deliver his address to a joint session of Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

The source said Trump would discuss troop drawdowns in Syria and Afghanistan and that about half the speech would be devoted to foreign policy. The White House has budgeted approximately 45 minutes for Trump's address to Congress, though with applause and normal delays it is likely to go past that mark.

The first will be Trump's "vision for a safe and legal immigration system", said the official, who later added that the president was going to "try and provide a bipartisan way forward on immigration".

Trump will seek a "unifying, optimistic tone" in what the official described as a "standard State of the Union", which analysts say would mean that the president is nearly certain to tout the USA economy and jobs numbers, as well as the criminal justice reform bill that the White House helped pass with bipartisan support.