Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address

Trump Expected to Call for Unity, Cooperation in State of the Union Address

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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.

In the audience will be several Democrats running to challenge Trump in 2020, including Sens.

President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Trump's third-year address is scheduled for February 5, 2019, at 9 p.m. EST.

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

Earlier this week, Trump sent out another tweet on the subject.

US President Donald Trump will focus on key issues like immigration, national security and trade and call for unity in a hugely divided Congress in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday as he begins the second half of his first term in the White House.

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.

Yet although President Trump's administration has offered an excerpt from Tuesday's State of the Union which could point to a conciliatory message, many other factors suggest that Trump's big speech will have a very different effect. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become Georgia's first black governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for Senate.

White House aides say the president will call for bipartisanship on major legislation, but analysts expect Democrats to continue resisting his agenda.

While Mr Trump was still putting the final touches on the speech on Tuesday, he was expected to use some of his televised address to showcase a growing economy. He's reduced federal taxes and regulations, 304,000 jobs were added to the USA economy last month, unemployment is at a 50-year low, and there are now more jobs available than there are people to fill them. That is the longest period on record.

IS militants have lost territory since Trump's surprise announcement in December that he was pulling US forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup within six months to a year of the Americans leaving.Several leading GOP lawmakers have sharply criticized his plans to withdraw from Syria, as well as from Afghanistan.

Trump hailed peace efforts unfolding between his administration and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan and said if a deal could be reached, it would allow him to bring some US troops home after 17 years of war spawned by the September 11, 2001, attacks. "We'll be at 100". Democrats have refused to acquiesce to his demands for a border wall, and Republicans are increasingly unwilling to shut down the government to help him fulfill his signature campaign pledge. Several leading GOP lawmakers have sharply criticized his plans to withdraw from Syria, as well as from Afghanistan.

It has also been rumored that Trump will use his speech to announce a new summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, an apparent effort to restart an already-controversial bilateral relationship. "He will be asking for bipartisan support to make that happen", said White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway. He led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump.

Trump's guests for the speech include Anna Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by the president, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who was allegedly bullied because of his last name.

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