President Trump's first State of the Union will focus on "building a safe, strong, and proud America" with an emphasis on his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, the ongoing debate over immigration, the economy, trade, and national security, New York reports.
The big question of the night is if Trump will offer lawmakers a specific blueprint for how he wants to proceed on thorny topics like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, after signaling last week he is open to a pathway to citizenship for people brought illegally to the U.S as children. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Today on Tuesday: "I think you're going to see a lot of the president's heart in this speech."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hinted in an op-ed the tone Trump is likely to take on the economy: "When President Trump delivers his State of the Union address, he will have outstanding news to share," McConnell wrote. "After a decade of sluggish growth and stagnant paychecks, our country is back on the right track." In a dueling op-ed, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) advised Trump to "urge Congress to deliver a substantial investment in our nation's infrastructure." Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) will offer the official rebuttal to the speech.
A reliable signal of the president's State of the Union agenda is who joins the first lady in her box. Melania Trump will have 15 guests, including four parents of two teenage girls who were murdered by members of the MS-13 gang in New York in 2016, CNN reports. A police officer who adopted a baby from parents suffering from opioid addiction and a beneficiary of the Republican tax cuts will also be in attendance as Melania Trump's guests.
The speech will air on every major network as well as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter beginning at 9 p.m. ET.