Democrats and White House Remain Deeply Divided Over Border Wall

06 February, 2019, 02:27 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • A man looks towards the United States through a fence in Tijuana Mexico on Nov. 17 2018. Alejandro Cegarra Bloomberg

The 13 guests of the president and first lady Melania Trump include the family of a couple killed allegedly by an undocumented migrant, two Tennesseans released from prison and a sixth-grader who was bullied because his surname is Trump. Yet, a senior administration official told reporters to expect a "traditional" address from a president who is anything but traditional.

Speaking to Reuters news agency, a source close to Trump said the president will urge a congressional committee to work out a border security deal by the time government funding runs dry again in 10 days.

The President's State of the Union address is set to begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.

President Donald Trump is expected to call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, but skeptics are likely to question whether he can be successful in pursuing such a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and personal attacks. Trump's approval rating during the shutdown dipped to 34 percent, down from 42% a month earlier, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Trump will also point out past accomplishments during the speech, including the passage of a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, the First Step Act, last year.

Mr Trump continued to push his wall in a Tuesday morning tweet ahead of his evening remarks, noting that the Pentagon has sent more troops to the United States southern border. "I'm exhausted of the bullying", Joshua said.

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.

"I take a back seat to nobody in decrying President Trump's cynical and divisive performance ... but the Democrats, with their childish protests, took the bait", Milbank complained.




Unlike Gallup's broad samples, which draw from all American adults, Rasmussen surveyers accept responses only from self-described "likely voters.' It's the only 'likely voter" national poll on Trump to be published since mid-November. Those numbers are slightly worse for Trump's cause than when Gallup polled the same question last June and found 57 percent opposed and 41 percent in support.

Rather than Republican Paul Ryan, Pelosi will for the first timein this administration take her prominent position as House speaker, seated just behind Trump's left shoulder for the speech.

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.

The source said Trump would discuss troop drawdowns in Syria and Afghanistan and that about half the speech would be devoted to foreign policy.

"To every Republican, if you don't stand behind this president, we're not going to stand behind you, when it comes to the wall", he said in Greenville, South Carolina.

President Donald Trump refused to rule out another shutdown but also signaled that he could declare a national emergency to reallocate resources to fund a wall along the southern border.

The young boy is passionate about science and animals, who have been invited by the president, according to a statement released by the White House.

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