President Trump will appear before a joint session of Congress tonight in order to deliver the first State of the Union speech of his presidency. The address is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. EST.
The Trump Administration has said that the state of the union is “strong” right now, and the president is likely to use the speech to talk about his triumphs in office thus far. As such, there is a strong probability Trump will bring up topics like the GOP’s tax reform bill, the campaign against ISIS in the Middle East, and the economic growth America has seen over the last few months.
Indications also suggest that Trump will use tonight’s address to make a bipartisan call to action on subjects like immigration, national security, and infrastructure policy.
“We’re going to get something done, we hope bipartisan,” Trump told reporters yesterday. “The Republicans really don’t have the votes to get it done in any other way. So it has to be bipartisan.”
It is unlikely that these matters will come up in Trump’s speech, but tonight’s address comes while the country is still embroiled in hyper-partisan division, and the White House is still bogged down in political controversy. Andrew McCabe stepped down as the Deputy FBI Director yesterday after being the subject of Trump’s public ire for the last few months. Trump seemed to attack McCabe in order to indirectly discredit Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russia, and McCabe’s firing comes shortly after recent reports stated Trump came very close to firing Mueller last year.
Other subjects that might come into play tonight include the recent government shutdown, the imminent release of the GOP’s memo on alleged Obama-era FISA abuses, and the impact Trump has had on the American people so far.
Watch above, via the White House.
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