State of the Union: Here's What to Expect from President Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House

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But chants of "Dump Trump" on the school bus haven't deterred the boy from agreeing to attend the State of the Union as the guest of President Trump (no relation). Yet, a senior administration official told reporters to expect a "traditional" address from a president who is anything but traditional.

Last December, Joshua and his family made headlines after his parents, Megan Trump Berto and Bobby Berto chose to go public with their story. Expect a chilly response in the chamber from Democrats as he talks about what he again says would be a "wall". "Symbolic dissent is fine, but this was a cacophony of causes: black clothing (for #MeToo), kente ties and sashes (because of Trump's Africa insult), butterfly stickers (for the "dreamers"), red buttons (for a victim of racial crime), and the more bipartisan purple ribbons (for the opioid epidemic)".

The State of the Union will be Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Joshua will be the plus one of the first lady, whose Be Best campaign focuses on stopping bullying. "They're going to say some things about the rhetoric of unity, but you can't at once be dealing with these divisive issues and then talking about unity".

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters February 4 that the president had the "absolute right to declare a national emergency".

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Pelosi's husband, Paul, and one of her five children, the filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, will also join. Trump granted her clemency in June. The move is opposed even by some lawmakers in Trump's party and would enrage Democrats, who have promised to fight the president in court if it happens. That's down from an estimated 400 to 600 square kilometers (155 to 230 square miles) that the group held at the end of November before Trump announced the withdrawal, according to two officials who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seems to have triggered Trump's Twitter complaint.

Congressional Democrats, for their part, say the state of our union now provides a ideal opportunity for some live-trolling of the president via special invited guests. He claims Schumer is just "upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune".

With the new February 15 funding deadline looming, Mr Trump is expected to use his address to outline his demands, which still include funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border. Expect Republican members to shower him in applause and a few standing ovations as he speaks of what he calls a humanitarian and security "crisis", and when he drops some version of his "walls work" line. And when it comes to the president's requested $5.7 billion in border wall funding, he's hit a brick wall of naysayers. Here was Sanders about 12 hours before he will enter the House chamber: "I don't think the wall is up for debate".

"It has never been his preferred option", she said.

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And Rep. Coleman Watson has invited Victorina Morales, the undocumented worker at Trump's Bedminster, NJ golf club who shared her story with the New York Times. He has said the wall, which he initially said Mexico would pay for, is needed to deter illegal immigration and drugs. In short, the government might have re-opened, but little has changed.

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., also said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump shouldn't invoke executive authority to get border-wall funding. Almost two-thirds, 64 percent, of Americans do not think the president and Congress are likely to reach a deal.

Which leaves Plan B: the national emergency declaration Trump's been teasing for about a month.

After weeks of mounting anticipation-coupled with a tragic delay as President Trump and Nancy Pelosi squabbled over the erstwhile government shutdown-it's finally time to strap in for the Super Bowl of national politics, a presidential speech that, for pomp, melodrama, and a total lack of subtlety or irony, is always guaranteed to put the Big Game to shame.

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