Plans for President Donald Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address were revealed to reporters by the White House on Friday.
Some of the plans were previewed as well as the theme, “Choosing Greatness,” in a Friday afternoon briefing to reporters, The Daily Caller reported.
Trump’s address, which was rescheduled after some back-and-forth with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the partial government shutdown, is now set for Feb. 5.
The president is expected to extend a call for unity, with part of his speech reading,“together we can bring decades of political stalemate, we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make.”
Trump will likely be addressing a pro-life agenda, especially in the wake of recent controversial abortion legislation like New York’s Reproductive Health Act, signed by Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Repeal Act proposed in Virginia that has ignited a firestorm against Democratic state lawmakers and Gov. Ralph Northam.
The president’s second State of the Union address will also touch on the current political situation in Venezuela, as well as legislation on prescription drug pricing, and a request for Congress to review the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement, according to The Daily Caller.
Earlier this week, Trump told the news outlet in the Oval Office that his potential guests at the address will be “border-related.”
“I will say that some of them will be border-related, some of them will be people who have suffered very badly because we didn’t do what we should’ve done in a very dangerous part of our country, and so that’s going to be a part of it, absolutely,” he said.
The president reacted to news that failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will give the Democratic response to his State of the Union address.
Pres. Trump on Stacey Abrams delivering the Democratic response to his State of the Union address: “I hope that she does a good job. I respect her. I don’t know her, I haven’t met her, but I hope she does a good job.”. pic.twitter.com/aJgMoOj3Ih
— Muhsin ?? (@Muhsinbille) February 1, 2019
Besides the obvious issue of border security, Trump will be touching on the nation’s economic progress as well.
“The world is not doing well, and we’re going great. You look at the numbers — we’re hitting highs. I get no credit for it. It’s like, when do you ever hear them talking about — [the Dow Jones Industrial Average] just hit 25,000 [for the third time], and you won’t even hear a thing about it,” he told The Daily Caller.
Trump seemed to suggest there could be action of some sort on the border wall during next week’s State of the Union, telling reporters Friday they would “see what happens.”
“I don’t want to say it, but you’ll hear the State of the Union, and then you’ll see what happens right after the State of the Union,” he said, according to CNN.
“We’re going to make a big step in the next week or so, prior to my doing anything, but actually having a national emergency does help the process,” he said later at an event at the White House, also responding that there was a “good chance” he would declare national emergency over the border.
President Trump on declaring a national emergency: “There’s a good chance that we’ll have to do that… Listen closely to the State of the Union. I think you’ll find it very exciting.” pic.twitter.com/oYOHLkvk0J
— The Hill (@thehill) February 1, 2019
“I think there’s a good chance that we’ll have to do that. But we will at the same time be building, regardless, we’re building a wall. And we’re building a lot of wall. But I can do it a lot faster the other way,” he said. “Well, I’m saying listen closely to the State of the Union. I think you’ll find it very exciting.”
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