Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

State of the Union 2019: What to expect

State of the Union 2019: What to expect

One name on the list getting particular attention is Joshua Trump, a 6th grader who, as the White House explains, "has been bullied in school due to his last name". "We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi". Now, in his annual address to the nation, the president will lay out what comes next.

A file photograph of US President Donald Trump at a rally at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The bitter partisanship of the past two years is on full display hours before President Donald Trump is expected to call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address.

When asked by reporters on Friday whether he meant to declare a national emergency when he speaks, Pesident Trump replied: "I don't want to say it, but you'll hear the State of the Union, and then you'll see what happens right after the State of the Union".

While White House officials cautioned that Trump's remarks were still being finalized, the president was expected to use some of his televised address to showcase a growing economy. Trump finally made a deal late last month to end the longest shutdown in USA history so 800,000 furloughed federal workers could get paid again.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who declared her candidacy for president last month, is bringing a woman who lost her home in last year's raging wildfires that devastated parts of the Golden State.

Republicans were more positive than Democrats, and 77 percent overall said Trump's policies are "a great deal" or "somewhat" responsible for the state of the economy, CBS said.

Before Joshua started middle school, his parents notified the school about his past issues with bullying.

Mr Trump continued to push his wall in a Tuesday morning tweet ahead of his evening remarks, noting that the Pentagon has sent more troops to the U.S. southern border.

For Trump and his inner circle, the wall has become the dominant policy concern, to the exclusion of almost all else: As an administration official told The New York Times last month, it has become a one-issue White House.

However, a Defence Department inspector general report released Monday said the Islamic State group "remains a potent force of battle-hardened and well-disciplined fighters that could likely resurge in Syria" absent continued counterterrorism pressure.

His demand for $US5.7 billion ($A7.9 billion) in wall funds triggered a historic 35-day partial government shutdown that more than half of Americans blamed him for, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

Unlike Gallup's broad samples, which draw from all American adults, Rasmussen surveyers accept responses only from self-described "likely voters.' It's the only 'likely voter" national poll on Trump to be published since mid-November.

And that lack of change could lead Trump to declare a national emergency - or clearly state he will do if a House-Senate border security spending panel cannot strike a deal he will support that includes wall funding by next Friday.

Melania Trump has said she will focus on countering online bullying as first lady.

It's safe to bet that Democrats seated opposite her place behind Trump will be looking to her for cues for their reactions, as well.

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