State of the Union Address: Unity or Emergency? - Mish Talk

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Back in the Obama era, Slog readers said the state of our union was everything from "damn lucky" to "drone-struck" and "meh".

The State of the Union address is a speech that the President of the United States gives every year to politicians and the American people. They will sit with first lady Melania Trump during the address.

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Asked on Friday whether he would declare a national emergency during his speech, Trump said, "I don't want to say", and instead urged reporters to tune in to the speech. He surprisingly agreed to temporarily reopen government without any funding for his border wall, and received backlash from conservative media outlets for caving on his biggest campaign promise.

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When asked by reporters on Friday whether he meant to declare a national emergency when he speaks, Pesident Trump replied: "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". And his approval rating held at 40 per cent, suggesting his failure to secure wall funding in the first shutdown hasn't done long-term damage to his standing with his political base.

For instance, when President Trump announced that black unemployment is the lowest ever recorded, the Democrats couldn't even wipe the contempt off their faces for a second to acknowledge the good news.

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He has hinted that he may make news - a national emergency declaration on the US southern border, a proposal on drug prices or on AIDS, or dates and locations for summits with the leaders of China and North Korea.

President Donald Trump refused to rule out another shutdown but also signaled that he could declare a national emergency to reallocate resources to fund a wall along the southern border.

According to the report, the president can invoke these powers without declaring a national emergency.

Is Trump willing to take the risk?

The opposition party made it clear that there would be no compromise in 2018 by staying seated during parts of the speech that would have prompted bipartisan applause if they came from nearly any other president.

Immigration is sure to loom large in the speech. "The state of the Trump Administration is chaos".

Last week the economy posted enormous job growth of more than 300,000 new openings.

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Also notable during Trump's speech? Consumer confidence took a hit last month during the protracted shutdown. It will be interesting to see if Trump mentions the trade war and how easy it is proving to win it.

"One thing you will see is that the chamber is full and the president is surrounded by women, by people of colour, by individuals who have really been hurt by this president and numerous actions that he has taken", Jayapal said. "Because we have a much better issue", he said.

But Chuck Schumer, the Democrat leader in the Senate, said: "The president will say the state of our union is strong, but the American people know the truth".

Trump will also point out past accomplishments during the speech, including the passage of a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, the First Step Act, last year.

"While in prison, Matthew found God, completed more than 30 bible studies, became a law clerk, taught GED classes, and mentored fellow inmates", the White House said in a press release.

Trump last year commuted the sentence of 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson.

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