Trump to give State of the Union address

President Trump: Democrats do nothing to secure border, national emergency still possible

President Trump: Democrats do nothing to secure border, national emergency still possible

Expect Trump to bring up illegal immigration and border security right off the bat. Still, the president planned to hammer his case that the situation at the southern border represents a security crisis for Americans.

Originally, Pelosi invited the president to give his State of the Union Address on January 29, to which he agreed on.

Find KTLA's updated coverage of Stacey Abram's Democratic Rebuttal here.

But a source close to Trump said the president was not expected to take that step, which likely would draw a swift court challenge from Democrats. "Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards".

The president was surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition.

And the makeup of the House chamber - with Democrats newly in the majority and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the chair behind him - will also be very much on display. And several senators running for president were also in the audience, including Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

And even though she lost the tight race she ran for Georgia governor last November, Abrams was nevertheless selected to be the face of the party in a speech that will be seen by millions nationwide - a testament, experts said, to the power Democrats believe Abrams holds to connect with a diverse electorate in a moment of American politics increasingly enveloped by the complexities of gender and race.

Speaking from Atlanta, Abrams calls the shutdown a political stunt that "defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values".

For a time, it was unclear if Trump's annual address to Congress would happen.

The bipartisan, bicameral conference committee composed of 17 Democrats and Republicans was formed as part of the deal to end the 35-day partial shutdown of the government.

Trump is staring down a two-year stretch that will determine whether he is re-elected or leaves office in defeat.

Democrats, who control the lower house, have repeatedly rejected Trump's funding demands, saying that he has made the wall project a political crusade to demonize immigrants and to satisfy his base. Polls show he has work to do, with his approval rating falling to just 34 percent after the shutdown, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. "If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!", Trump said in a Twitter post.

A decision by Democrat women to wear white, in honor of the early 20th century suffragette movement, was seen as a visual rebuke of Trump.

"He's going to set the stage", the source said. He's reduced federal taxes and regulations, 304,000 jobs were added to the U.S. 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 USA forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup within six months to a year after the Americans leave.

The president also defended his decisions to withdraw USA troops from Syria and Afghanistan over the opposition from national security officials and many Republican lawmakers. "We'll be at 100".

Trump, in excerpts of his address, defended his moves, declaring: "Great nations do not fight endless wars".

Despite a lack of concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme, Trump said his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would take place on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.

Administration officials say the White House has also been weighing several "moonshot" goals. One that is expected to be announced is a new initiative aimed at ending transmissions of HIV by 2030.

Trump also denounced Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who the United States and a number of Latin American and European countries accuse of being an illegitimate leader after last year's disputed election.

Recommended News

  • Pope Francis holds open-air Mass in Abu Dhabi - thousands attend

    Pope Francis holds open-air Mass in Abu Dhabi - thousands attend

    In his address, the pontiff pushed the need for justice, equality of citizens' rights and an end to all wars, including in Yemen . Catholics believe the pope is the vicar of Christ on earth, so that participating in a papal Mass is particularly special.
    Measles Cases Confirmed In Washington State

    Measles Cases Confirmed In Washington State

    But physicians and researchers have known for decades now that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is safe and effective. Early symptoms include a fever, runny nose and malaise, followed by a rash that starts around the head and moves down the body.
    Floodwaters wreak havoc in northeastern Australia

    Floodwaters wreak havoc in northeastern Australia

    A silver lining to the deluge is that drought-stricken farmers in western Queensland have been boosted by the soaking. Weather authorities are warning there'll be more heavy rains accompanied by destructive winds in the coming days.
  • Hazard makes decision on Chelsea future

    Hazard makes decision on Chelsea future

    Hazard this week claimed he to have made a decision over his future, although did not go as far as to say that that decision was. Reportedly , their number one target remains Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain, who will probably come at another world record fee.
    Ariana Grande not Performing at or Attending the Grammys after Disagreement

    Ariana Grande not Performing at or Attending the Grammys after Disagreement

    Meanwhile, Taylor, who is also nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album category, is also thought to be giving the Grammys a miss. However, Grande was then said to have pulled out altogether after producers insisted "the second song be of their choosing".
    Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela 'an option;' Russia objects

    Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela 'an option;' Russia objects

    A group of Latin American and European states are to hold their first meeting of a contact group in Montevideo on Thursday. Guaido on Twitter expressed his gratitude to the European Union leaders for supporting Venezuela's fight for freedom.
  • British TV host Piers Morgan mocks Meghan Markle live on air

    British TV host Piers Morgan mocks Meghan Markle live on air

    There are automated tools which help police the very inappropriate comments getting through, but there is also manual moderation. Meghan came up with the idea when she and Harry were touring One25 and she was packing snacks for the women working the streets.
    New Zealand vs India

    New Zealand vs India

    The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series. Hardik Pandya showed why he is considered a risky player when he smashed a match winning knock of 22 balls 45 runs.
    5 people killed, 3 injured after plane crashes into house in California

    5 people killed, 3 injured after plane crashes into house in California

    The wreckage will be transported to Phoenix, Arizona, for a forensic examination, Simpson said. The property where the fuselage ended up is about three houses down from the home that burned.
  • France recalls Italy ambassador amid diplomatic row over 'yellow vests' meeting

    France recalls Italy ambassador amid diplomatic row over 'yellow vests' meeting

    Last month Di Maio said France's "colonial" policies in Africa had "impoverished" the continent's people and driven them to flee for Europe.
    Meghan Markle's Friends: Her Dad Thomas Is in the Wrong | Personal Space

    Meghan Markle's Friends: Her Dad Thomas Is in the Wrong | Personal Space

    He's never texted. "If I'm thrown some kind of curveball, I always think, 'I gotta talk to Meg, '" said a former colleague. Please stop victimising me through the media so we can fix our friendship.
    Federal prosecutors subpoena records from Trump inaugural committee

    Federal prosecutors subpoena records from Trump inaugural committee

    President Donald Trump's inaugural committee said it had received a subpoena on Monday for documents from the Manhattan U.S. The fundraising figure was more than twice as much as that for former Presidents Barack Obama and George W.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.