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Trump Expected to Call for Unity, Cooperation in State of the Union Address

Trump Expected to Call for Unity, Cooperation in State of the Union Address

But whether Trump and his opponents would follow through was far from clear, with both sides entrenched in long-held positions and girding for 2020 elections, reluctant to give the other side a political victory.

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States would build a "human wall" along the border with Mexico if it can not construct a physical barrier.

And that lack of change could lead Trump to declare a national emergency - or clearly state he will do if a House-Senate border security spending panel cannot strike a deal he will support that includes wall funding by next Friday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who won plaudits from Democrats for her hardline negotiating tactics during the shutdown, will be seated behind the president - a visual reminder of Trump's political opposition.

It's tradition that the party not occupying the White House is given a chance to rebut the president's speech. Democrats have refused to acquiesce to his demands for a border wall, and Republicans are increasingly unwilling to shut down the government to help him fulfill his signature campaign pledge.

But there are other topics that might keep Republicans in their seats.

What is Trump expected to cover?

"Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border", Trump tweeted.

Democrats call the wall a waste of money and ineffective.

Trump was not expected to issue the emergency declaration in his speech, according to four people familiar with his plans who were not authorized to preview his remarks.

Republican strategist and former White House official Raj Shah said the speech will offer the president the opportunity to rise above the "pettiness" of the last few weeks.

As he stood before lawmakers, the president was surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition.

This year's State of the Union speech has itself been a source of drama. Abrams was chosen to deliver the response by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who called her a "great spokesperson (and) incredible leader (who) has led the charge for voting rights".

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This marks the first time in United States history a president has postponed the State of the Union due to a standoff with Congress. President Ronald Reagan delayed his address in 1986 after the Challenger space shuttle exploded, killing all seven crew members. Ms Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become Georgia's first black governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for Senate.

The Democrats' selection of Abrams to deliver the rebuttal is intriguing but not surprising.

"She will represent "the face" of the Democratic Party today, and the broad messaging is one around inclusion", Vicino said.

What's different from previous year?

In keeping with tradition, Trump will deliver his address to a joint session of Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives. Some Democratic women will be wearing white, the colourfavoured by early 20th-century suffragettes.

At least one male lawmaker, Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., plans on joining his female colleagues in wearing all white.

With that new Democratic majority and a divided Congress overall, does Trump try to appeal to both parties and once again pitch his $1 trillion infrastructure proposal we heard past year?

Other Democrats plan to bring undocumented immigrants to send a message as Trump's political agenda centres around reducing immigrants and making it more hard for refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers to enter the US.

As Trump spoke, Ocasio-Cortez could be seen smiling broadly. "Well, I'm saying listen closely to the State of the Union".

And several Democrats have announced that their State of the Union guests are activists from communities impacted by environmental contamination from a type of chemical used in Teflon and firefighting foam. And several senators running for president will be in the audience, including Sens.

US President Donald Trump has criticised a prominent Democrat on Twitter ahead of his State of the Union address.

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