Boy bullied for Trump name invited to key speech

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House

Although exaggerated fears of immigrant criminality have been a key feature of Trump's politics since the beginning of his presidential campaign, in the aftermath of last year's midterm election, the president has become obsessed with the need for a wall, tweeting and talking about it extensively, and, of course, shutting down the government in a failed effort to force congressional leaders to provide funding. That's the longest such period on record.

A steadily increasing number of Republican lawmakers are urging the president against a national emergency declaration, anxious about its legality and setting a precedent of future - including Democratic - presidents doing so when they are unable to convince Congress to approve a top agenda item.

More than half of Americans blamed him for, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

Against that backdrop, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is working to keep the government open. Sen.

The spending bill expires February 15, when the government will again partially shutdown in the absence of an agreement between Congress and the president.

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

Yes, of all the bullied children in the D.C metro area, not to mention the entire country, Melania chose a child with the same last name as hers. Expect a chilly response in the chamber from Democrats as he talks about what he again says would be a "wall". Trump may also preview plans to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He has hinted that he may make news - a national emergency declaration on the US southern border, a proposal on drug prices or on AIDS, or dates and locations for summits with the leaders of China and North Korea.

On the domestic front, Trump is expected to speak about the US's robust economy and job growth.

Aides said Trump will offer a vision for bipartisan solutions on everything from immigration, to drug prices, HIV prevention, national security and infrastructure.

With the Democrats having rejected his "compromise" to build the wall with steel instead of concrete, Trump announced Tuesday that a different kind of material had been chosen. Trump's guest list suggests that the White House has not backed off its main obsession, which is convincing Americans to buy the racist myth that masses of brown people are streaming across the border to rape and kill them. Abrams lost a close, highly-contested race to Republican Brian Kemp during the November 2018 midterms.

For a time, it was unclear if Trump's annual address to Congress would happen. "However, we have seen this administration use this tool in a way that was never intended".

Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington and a chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is bringing a climate change scientist. Many Democrats are trolling Trump with their specific State of the Union guests - inviting government employees recently impacted by the shutdown, people living in the US affected by the ongoing immigration debate, among others.

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 Democratic response to Trump will be delivered by Stacey Abrams, who excited interest from activists across the country in the fall when she was almost elected the U.S.'s first African-American woman state governor by voters in once-segregated Georgia.

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