Democrat Stacey Abrams, the party's pick to rebut President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, slammed the commander-in-chief for causing the partial government shutdown that left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay for 35 days this year. It comes at a perilous time in Trump's presidency, with the threat of another government shutdown looming due to a partisan impasse over construction of a wall on the USA border with Mexico. Under pressure from conservative backers, Mr Trump refused to sign a government funding bill that did not include money for his long-sought border wall.
A senior administration official previously told reporters that Trump is expected to say to Congress: "Together we can bring decades of political stalemate, we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America's future". However, on January 16, Pelosi rescinded her invitation for the State of the Union, citing security concerns and the government shutdown as reasons.
"This really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers, these are people that are terrible people, bringing in women mostly, but bringing in women and children, into our country, human trafficking and we're gonna have a strong border, and the only way you have a strong border is you need a physical barrier, you need a wall", he stated.
Driving the two parties apart is Trump's insistence on funding for the border wall.
But that message could be undermined with Trump threatening to go his own way on the wall, which he promised during his 2016 campaign, if he cannot get Congress to approve the funding he wants.
But the Great Recession ended during Obama's presidency, and Trump inherited a much better economy (even though, truth be told, most of the recovery has been at the top). The President stopped by to give a pep talk, as well. He predicts that Trump will offer updates on where the United States stands in the conflicts in Syria, North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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Senate Judiciary member Lindsey Graham and others, for instance, have called on the Justice Department to name a second special counsel to investigate the actions of the Clinton campaign and Fusion GOP during the 2016 campaign.
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"This President is going to call for an end to the politics of resistance, retribution and call for more comity - c-o-m-i-t-y", counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said Monday.
The president will talk about immigration, a major focus of his administration and a subject he covered previous year when he suggested a "four-pillar" system in which "nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs".
"The Democratic response might be that full employment doesn't mean gainful employment", said Vicino.
The Democrats' selection of Abrams to deliver the rebuttal is intriguing but not surprising. Abrams lost a close, highly-contested race to Republican Brian Kemp during the November 2018 midterms.
Democratic Representative Val Demings called Trump's remarks shameful and said the investigations would proceed. She will be the first African American woman to do so.
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Administration officials say the White House has also been weighing several "moonshot" goals.
This could include infrastructure improvements, lowering prescription drug costs and healthcare.
According to an excerpt of the State of the Union released by the White House, Trump also intends to call for unity and bipartisan cooperation, when laying out policy priorities for the next period of time. But beyond the substance of Trump's speech, Panagopoulos said that he will be watching for what kind of tone the president adopts.
"I'm not very optimistic we're going to get a deal".
Vicino said that he, too, plans to observe how Trump conducts himself.
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However, the statement added that runners from Britain would not be permitted to race in Ireland until further notice. Horses in training are required to be vaccinated for equine influenza in Ireland under the Rules of Racing.