President Trump is set to deliver his State of the Union speech. His topic is “choosing greatness.”
White House officials say President Trump is not expected to dwell on the 15 February deadline for a budget deal for The Wall.
Instead, President Trump is expected to strike a unifying tone and focus on areas of potential bi-partisan compromise.
President Trump will speak on 5 Key policy areas: immigration, infrastructure, drug pricing, trade and international diplomacy.
The White House did not address President Trump’s suggestion Friday that he may use the speech to announce his plans to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build his long-promised border Wall.
Friday, in a PC he signaled that the address will include extensive remarks about his standoff with Democrats over building a wall along the US-Mexico border, the subject of an intense partisan battle that brought about a 35-day partial government shutdown that just ended.
Beyond the Wall
A senior White House official said that President Trump will outline what he sees as areas where Republicans and Democrats may be able to find agreement. These include a plan to fund infrastructure improvements across the country, lower the cost of prescription drugs and work to resolve long-standing differences over healthcare.
An excerpt of the speech released by the White House Friday made clear President Trump would strike a compromising tone in at least part of his address.
“Together we can break decades of political statement, 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.”
Whether the 2 sides are prepared to work together in any significant way is far from clear, with tensions still high over the shutdown fight and another deadline approaching on 15 February
Expect our President to offer a choice to the Dems of either working together and doing great things or fighting each other and doing nothing.
President Trump, along with chief speechwriter Stephen Miller, plans to work on the address during a trip this weekend to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida.
Have a terrific weekend.