How to Watch the State of the Union

U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III stands next to a poster of a stamp of featuring his great-uncle U.S. President John F. Kennedy during ceremonies on the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Kennedy outside the home where he was born in Brookline

Congressman John Lewis, an American civil rights icon who once marched with Martin Luther King Jr, said he will not attend the January 30 address because Trump used a vulgar slur to describe some countries during a meeting with lawmakers about a possible bipartisan immigration deal.

A senior Trump administration official was quoted as telling reporters that Congress can expect that the "tone" of Trump's State of the Union speech "will be one of bipartisanship" as he touts his victories to date, according to reports. Trump will use Tuesday's speech to try and convince Americans that his mix of border security, legalization for immigrants already here and limiting legal migration options is the best approach.

While most of Tuesday's prime-time speech will be devoted to domestic issues, the president is also expected to discuss some foreign policy, officials said. Vox also reports that Trump will touch on the Republican tax bill that passed in December, the current state of the USA economy, and immigration. They said that includes his plan to have China and other countries pressure North Koreaeconomically to persuade it to give up nuclear weapons.

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) has been picked to respond to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address next week.

Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, is sure to be a key player in that effort.




But in the face of what the administration has decried as biased media coverage, officials said that the president will talk about his accomplishments for the year.

Whether Trump mentions it or not, an unseen presence looming in the House chamber will be special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which appears to have reached a critical phase, with the possibility that the president himself may soon be interviewed by investigators.

Kennedy's response will not have to do much to eclipse the 2017 Democratic response to President Trump's address to the joint session of Congress. "I refuse to accept that as the new normal".

Nonetheless, the White House has plans for Trump and his Cabinet to travel in the days after the speech to amplify and promote the agenda that he lays out. Ted Kennedy did so in 1982 when Ronald Reagan was president.

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