Trump Invites Bullied Student, Synagogue Shooting Survivors to State of the Union

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The Americans invited to sit with the first lady during the State of the Union on Tuesday night provide a window into the various themes the president will touch on during his annual address.

Johnson was granted clemency by Trump last year after serving more than 21 years of a mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. The speech was delayed for a week because of the shutdown, which ended on Jan 25.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who won plaudits from Democrats for her hard-line negotiating tactics during the shutdown, will be seated behind the president.

He didn't rule out the possibility of a new shutdown or the declaration of a national emergency on February 15, 2019.

Over and over, Trump has linked his calls for the wall to crime, drugs, and human trafficking, repeating weird and baseless stories about women dragged into the USA while bound with duct tape.

And he has teased a potential announcement during the State of the Union address.

"Look, I don't think that the president's message is going to be different than the one he's been talking about since he started campaigning", Sanders told CNN Tuesday morning.

Back in the Obama era, Slog readers said the state of our union was everything from "damn lucky" to "drone-struck" and "meh".

"Transgender service members like Lieutenant Commander Dremann make extraordinary sacrifices every day to defend our freedom and our most sacred values, and President Trump's decision to ban them from military service is cruel and undermines our military readiness", she said in a statement.

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Roy James was also invited to highlight a rare piece of major legislation passed under Trump, as his factory reopened due to the Republican tax plan, per the White House.

Astute political observers will also be looking to the coterie of potential and announced 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who will be in the audience. Who will Sens. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand bring as guests?

President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Feb 5) was set to deliver a State of the Union speech challenging Democrats to approve funding for his long-sought border wall, but stopping short of declaring a national emergency over it, at least for now.

The speech will urge Democrats to work with Republicans on immigration, infrastructure, lowering drug prices and other areas.

The pair's Twitter feud came after Whitehouse Counsellor Kellyanne Conway took a preemptive shot at those who criticised the speech. Here was Sanders about 12 hours before he will enter the House chamber: "I don't think the wall is up for debate". Despite the objections of some advisers, Trump announced in December that he was withdrawing US forces in Syria.

"Joshua Trump is a 6th-grade student in Wilmington, Delaware", the White House said in a press release. He will also give an update on trade talks with the Chinese.

Trump was "in a good mood, very upbeat", and thanked the surrogates for their continued support, per one source in the room.

"Really right now the choice is we either stick with Pelosi or stick with the president".

"I don't think it's the first thing you want to do is use your emergency power to do things like this", Scott said.

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