Trump's State of the Union address

House Nancy Pelosi holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington DC Jan. 31 2019

House Nancy Pelosi holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington DC Jan. 31 2019

Trump and Congress are in a particularly fraught period, with only a little more than a week of space between the address and a shutdown that withheld paychecks from some 800,000 federal employees and shuttered nine federal agencies.

His "war" remarks to reporters at the First Monday GOP club in Greenville apparently referred to the possible reaction if Trump declares a national emergency to get his wall built. Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was seated behind Trump for the State of the Union, exacted her own reprisal by forcing the speech to be delayed by a week.

But the Great Recession ended during Obama's presidency, and Trump inherited a much better economy (even though, truth be told, most of the recovery has been at the top).

But Washington's most recent debate offered few signs of co-operation between Mr Trump and Democrats.

"So let's work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe", Trump added.

Today, he's putting finishing touches on a speech that is expected to explain the need for a border wall and list his achievements with the economy.

Trump was not expected to issue the emergency declaration in his speech, according to four people familiar with his plans who were not authorized to preview his remarks.

-Protecting American workers. The administration says Americans have been hurt by decades of flawed trade deals, and the president will call on Congress to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

As he stands before lawmakers, the president will be surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition.

The White House classified this year's speech as "visionary" - looking toward the future and presenting a "common-sense path forward" with a "very American and can-do optimistic approach".

Trump is expected to stress unity and optimism in his address to a deeply divided Congress, according to the White House.

Once the address is over, the Democratic response will immediately follow. She will be the first African American woman to do so.

The Democrats' selection of Abrams to deliver the rebuttal is intriguing but not surprising.

Since then, she has emerged as a "bona fide leader" among Democrats, said Jaime Harrison, a senior counselor and co-chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Rather than Republican Paul Ryan, Pelosi will for the first timein this administration take her prominent position as House speaker, seated just behind Trump's left shoulder for the speech. House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is planning to hand out white lapel ribbons for his male colleagues to wear in solidarity with the women wearing white. "And this really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers", he said.

At least one male lawmaker, Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., plans on joining his female colleagues in wearing all white.

It was the president's first speech in the House since the Democrats took the lower chamber back in a landslide previous year - leaving Congress split with Trump's Republicans still in control of the Senate. So far this year, only five Democrats have publicly announced their decision not to attend, including Georgia Reps.

"He appreciates science, art, and history", the statement said.

Numerous diverse freshmen House Democrats are using their attendance to make political statements.

As Trump spoke, Ocasio-Cortez could be seen smiling broadly. Attention from the video of the encounter led Flake to temporarily hold up the vote for Kavanaugh and ask for an FBI investigation into allegations of assault.

Former presidential candidate Sen.

He is likely to use the address to re-state his case. He'll speak after Abrams.

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