WASHINGTON, D.C. (Gray DC) - President Donald Trump is putting the finishing touches on his State of the Union Address.
The president will continue the tradition of inviting Americans to watch the speech in the House chamber with the first lady. They will be the faces of the issues the president is expected to outline.
The daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Gerald and Sharon David of Reno, Nevada will be in attendance. The Davids — a couple in their 80s — were found shot to death in their home. The suspect was is in the U.S. illegally.
According to a senior administration official, immigration will be one of five major topics in the president’s speech.
The president tweeted Tuesday morning, “Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!”
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) says the president is speaking honestly about the situation at the border.
“We’ve had Republican and Democratic presidents fail to solve this issue. And finally, we have a president who is prepared and willing to do that. I think what we’d like to see is cooperation with Democrats,” said Ratcliffe.
Speaking of Democrats – some are choosing to boycott the speech, including Tennessee’s Steve Cohen.
Cohen said on Twitter, “I’ll come to the House Chamber for the State of the Union when I can hear from a president who will tell the #Truth.”
One big change you may notice -- sitting behind President Trump at the address will be new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The two had a very public back-and-forth over the timing of this speech, which was rescheduled because of the government shutdown.
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response after the State of the Union.