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Democrats and White House Remain Deeply Divided Over Border Wall

Democrats and White House Remain Deeply Divided Over Border Wall

That shutdown was due to a stalemate between Republicans and Democrats - who refused to pass funding for the President's proposed wall at the Mexican border. Dems do nothing. If there is no Wall, there is no Security.

"I think there's a good chance that we'll have to do that", he told reporters last week.

"Listen closely to the State of the Union".

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. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly told him that the declaration would threaten unity in the Republican Party coalition.

"The decision is ours to make", Trump will say in his address, according to the excerpts of the speech.

"Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history".

In the Roosevelt Room on Monday evening, Vice President Mike Pence, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Conway briefed surrogates who are expected to speak about the address on television and radio about themes of unity in the address, multiple sources close to the White House said.

But the Great Recession ended during Obama's presidency, and Trump inherited a much better economy (even though, truth be told, most of the recovery has been at the top).

In retaliation, President Trump grounded the Air Force plane that Pelosi and other lawmakers planned to take to review wartime conditions in Afghanistan.

Trump's guests for the speech include Anna Marie Johnson, a woman whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by the president, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who has been bullied over his last name.

"We will soon have destroyed 100% of the Caliphate, but will be watching them closely", Trump tweeted last week.

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Trump also will address foreign policy, including support for an effort to coax Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro into leaving power, declaring the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group all but defeated, and perhaps announcing where he will next meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

White House aides say the president will call for bipartisanship on major legislation, but analysts expect Democrats to continue resisting his agenda.

Trump previously tried to pressure Congress into backing his idea by refusing to sign off on budgets for swathes of the federal government, leading to a five-week shutdown of some 800,000 government jobs.

"It is less important how Trump reads a teleprompter one night of the year than the other 364 days of Twitter-fueled mayhem that threaten our union". John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he remains hopeful Congress can resolve the dispute by February 15, when funding for some government agencies runs out.

Abrams will be the first African-American woman to give the speech responding to the presidential address, according to all archival research on the speech from both the House and Senate historian offices.

Democrats plan this year to send of a message of opposition against the White House on the occasion of the speech.

USA officials say the Islamic State group now controls less than 10 square kilometres (3.9 square miles) of territory in Syria, an area smaller than New York's Central Park.

After almost making history in November, the former Georgia state lawmaker was chosen by Democratic leaders in Congress to deliver the party's official response to Trump's State of the Union speech.

Mr Trump's speech also will offer an olive branch to opponents as he looks toward the 2020 election, targeting areas he sees for potential bipartisan agreement, such as infrastructure improvements, lowering prescription drug costs and health care.

Trump also appealed for unity in much of his address previous year - only to revert to his attacks against Democrats, on Twitter and elsewhere, within days of the speech.