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30 January 2018

His colleague Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said he has "a lot of worries" about Trump's address, because, "His big speeches have often been filled with things that don't reflect our highest values or our common aspirations as a country".

"Hopefully, the Democrats will join us, or enough of them will join us", he said, "so that we can really do something great for DACA, and for immigration generally".

The State of the Union is one of Trump's main opportunities this year to make a pitch to the American public.

He will speak at a time when he is being buffeted by a drumbeat of headlines about U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump or his aides colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., said she won't attend because of Trump's "racist" behavior; and Supreme CourtJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who went to all of President Barack Obama's speeches, won't attend, along with justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, who usually skip the event.

EPA chief doesn't recall 2016 statements slamming Trump
For example, Energy Secretary Rick Perry in 2015 said Trump was a " cancer on conservatism " and would ruin the Republican Party.

While the State of the Union will dominate headlines, historically, the markets have had a relatively muted reaction the day after the president's first State of the Union speech. Indeed, article 2 of the U.S. constitution states that the president "shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient". ABC Radio will also broadcast the State of the Union. Especially when they're inviting people like San Juan mayor Carmen Cruz, who is very critical of Trump's response to Puerto Rico.

"We've seen an unprecedented number of women file to run for major political offices - more than 500 women filing for major political offices", she said, "and we see women taking a tremendous amount of actions, making phone calls, raising their voices and being part of our democracy". "I can not give this man, who does not respect me, the respect to be in that audience", he said on MSNBC.

Among the talking points expected in the State of the Union are a promise to improve trade deals, a $1.7 trillion plan to revitalize infrastructure, and a request to Congress for $25 billion to build a border wall with Mexico.

The official said while Trump's 2017 speech was "optimistic", Tuesday's address will look to be more "unifying". "So like previous year, he will speak in that vein to the country". In particular, the President will invite someone affected by the opioid crisis.

An official said that overall, Trump's speech will push the theme of unity.

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