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White House announces State of the Union guests

White House announces State of the Union guests

At 9 p.m. (0200 GMT Wednesday) before a joint session of Congress, Trump will likely stir contention with remarks on immigration policy, after his demand for $5.7 billion in wall funds triggered a historic 35-day partial government shutdown that more than half of Americans blamed him for, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

Donald Trump: Will talk about bipartisan co-operation.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said the president would use his address "to call for an end to the politics of resistance, retribution".

Beyond Trump's rhetoric about border security, investors should pay close attention to what the president has to say about the US economy, infrastructure, and drug pricing.

Millions of Americans were expected to be watching the address on television, giving Trump his biggest opportunity to date to explain why he believes a barrier is needed on the US southern border with Mexico.

On Monday, the White House announced its list of official State of the Union guests: 13 Americans who serve as in-person surrogates for the president's policy agendas.




For instance, why not bring one of the millions of Hispanic children that has had to endure taunts about the border wall from as soon as Trump started his campaign? Trump is giving his State of the Union as the threat of another government shutdown over the wall looms.

The president's address marks the first time he is speaking before a Congress that is not fully under Republican control.

Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, will deliver the party's response to Trump.

Despite the shutdown, the U.S. economy added a robust 304,000 jobs in January, marking 100 straight months of job growth, the longest such period on record. Despite the objections of some advisers, Trump announced in December that he was withdrawing USA forces in Syria.

Yet although President Trump's administration has offered an excerpt from Tuesday's State of the Union which could point to a conciliatory message, many other factors suggest that Trump's big speech will have a very different effect.

The youngest of the bunch, 11-year-old Joshua Trump, received a plus-one from the First Lady, because, as the White House states, "Joshua has been bullied in school due to his last name". Joshua's family might change his last name from Trump, which he got from his mother Megan Trump, to Berto, his father's last name.