White House Previews President Trump State of The Union Address…

During a background call with media a Senior Administration Official gives a preview of what to expect and the five points President Trump will focus upon during his remarks to congress: (1) Blue collar boom; (2) Working families; (3) Healthcare affordability; (4) Immigration enforcement; (5) National security.

[Transcript] –  […] SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Hi, everyone. So, I’ll give you a topline, issues that will be talked about in the speech, a few key insights, talk about tone, and then take your questions.

I know there’s a lot going on, so I’ll try to be as brief as I can.

The topline: President Trump is looking forward to delivering his third State of the Union Address and his fourth address to a Joint Session of Congress next Tuesday.

The theme of the State of the Union is: “The Great American Comeback.” In his address, the President will lay out a vision of relentless optimism. He will encourage Congress to work with him to continue to building an inclusive economy where the least well-off are making some of the fastest gains and where people of every background are finding new opportunities.

The President will expand on the themes he developed in his Davos speech earlier this month and put forward an agenda focused squarely on the needs of working families, addressing issues that affect American’s quality of life and laying out solutions with can-do optimism in the face of unjustified pessimism we are hearing from some in Congress.

Now, I’ll tell you about five areas — you’ll certainly hear about five issues, five buckets, you might say.

♦So the one first is the blue-collar boom. The President will report on how the strong economy is lifting up Americans everywhere. The President will address the importance to the economy of the new trade agreement with China and the USMCA, explain the results we are seeing from Opportunity Zones, and celebrate America’s energy revolution that has led to energy independence.

♦Second large issue: supporting and promoting working families. The President will address a range of issues facing working families, from ensuring that every child can get a great education, to supporting America’s parents as they manage the demands of working jobs while raising children. He will call on Congress to empower parents with school choice.

The President will highlight his support for paid family leave and expanding access to affordable childcare. He will celebrate the administration’s workforce training initiative such as the Pledge to the American Worker.

♦Third, lowering the cost of healthcare for American families. The President will call on Congress to support the administration’s many efforts to lower the cost of healthcare while continuing to provide the highest standards of care in the world with access to the most innovative cures and medical breakthroughs. He will contrast his vision with radical proposals being floated on the left. Clearly, socialism is a rising force in the Democratic Party with very specific designs on our healthcare system. And the President will build on last year’s address and present a sharp difference.

The President will emphasize the importance of lowering the cost of prescription drugs. He will also address many of the concerns, everyday concerns, that families face confronting the healthcare system: surprise medical billing, transparency, price and quality information, accountability, and flexibility to choose the plan and the doctor that is right for them.

♦Fourth: a safe and legal immigration system. The President will talk about the incredible progress we have made in securing the southern border. He will also take head-on one of the most significant threats to public safety: sanctuary cities.

♦Fifth, and finally: protecting America’s national security. The President will update Congress on diplomatic and military efforts around the world.

So, a few key insights into what people will, I think — what the speech will communicate, what people can take away: Today’s middle class boom is also a blue-collar boom. America is strong once again. President Trump has kept his promises. President Trump is totally focused on creating a better future for working families.

And then, finally, I’d share that American strength and resolve is the best strategy for keeping Americans safe and protecting American interests. I think it’s fair to say the speech will celebrate American economic and military strength and present an optimistic vision of America’s future.

I can also preview now — traditionally, we have guests in the gallery, and there are two I can preview right now that are going to be there on Tuesday. I think on Monday we’ll be able preview some more.

So the first is a gentleman, Tony Rankins.

Q How do you spell it?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: R-A-N-K-I-N-S. Tony Rankins. I’ll give you a little — a brief bio on him. After serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Tony Rankins suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and became addicted to drugs. He lost his job and his family, served several prison sentences, and ended up living out of his car. A company called Our Investments helped train Tony in carpentry, painting, brick work, and other construction trades. Today he lives and works in an Opportunity Zone in Cincinnati, Ohio — an Opportunity Zone which made our investments possible in Cincinnati, Ohio. And his new job has helped him overcome drug addiction and reunite with his family.

Second guest: Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz has helped protect America’s homeland security for nearly three decades.

Q Can you just give us the spelling on —

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Sure thing. Sure. Ortiz — last name: O-R-T-I-Z. Raul: R-A-U-L.

Prior to joining U.S. Border Patrol, Ortiz served in the United States Army. In 1991, he joined the U.S. Border Patrol and served as an agent in the San Diego and Del Rio area.

In 2013, Ortiz was appointed as Deputy Chief Patrol Agent at Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector. In 2019, he became chief patrol agent of the Del Rio sector, which made him responsible for all Border Patrol operations in 41 Texas counties — more than 48,000 square miles of operational area and 210 miles of border between the U.S. and Mexico.

He has performed all his duties with distinction and excellence. Ortiz’s awards include two meritorious honor awards from the Department of State, the Certificate of Achievement from the state of Texas, and the Superior Civilian Service Medal, which is the Department of Defense’s third-highest civilian honor.

And actually, this very week, Ortiz was promoted to Deputy Chief of U.S. Border Patrol, the second in command of 22,000 Border Patrol agents and professional staff.

The Acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan called Deputy Chief Ortiz an “agent’s agent” who, quote, “epitomizes the core values of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

And with that, I’ll take questions.

Q Hey, the President, when he delivers the State of the Union, will either have been in the middle of an impeachment trial, towards the end, it will have just concluded — whatever. Impeachment is going to be a factor here. Will he — is it safe to assume he will address it? Will he? What will his message be? And how will he address sitting in front of the Chamber that just either had him on trial or wrapped it up?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: What I do — it’s never safe to assume anything, so I’m not previewing what the President is going to say about that today. Clearly there’s a lot going on, but I’m not going to preview —

Q Will he say something, though?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I’m not going to get ahead of what the President will say.

Q Thanks. Last year, the President spoke just after Democrats gained control of Congress, and he warned them, “If there’s going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war… and investigation…This doesn’t work that way.” And he said, “The only thing that could stop (inaudible)” was ridiculous partisan investigations.

Is there going to be any sort of ultimatum laid down this year, or any kind of reference to Congress’s oversight efforts or the now — just about to be concluded impeachment investigation? I mean, is he going to maybe ask for a truce, perhaps?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Right. Well, you know, I’m up here to help you, sort of, get a broad sense of what is going to be in the speech. And so there’s certain things I’ve been asked to preview. I certainly haven’t been asked to preview exactly what that would look like — if it’s going to be entertained at all.

I would say, speaking to, sort of, the spirit of your question, I mean, if you’re sort of wondering what the tone — I think the speech is going to have a very optimistic tone. And the last three years should give a good indication of, you know, I think how the President views the State of the Union moment for talking about the future and presenting an optimistic vision. So —

Q It seems like there’s a heavy dose of the economy here, can we just ask you a few, if you don’t mind: Is the President going to address debts and deficit? Is he going to address entitlement spending? Is he going to address tax cuts?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I’m not going to address any of those things. I mean, I’m giving you a preview. He’s going to talk about the accomplishments, he’s going to talk a lot about the economy, he’s going to talk about building an inclusive economy where people have opportunities. But I’m not going to preview what he’s going to say about any of those issues.

Q Should he touch upon them, though, at least? Should we expect to hear those talked about?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Sure —

Q What can we expect to hear from the President on the issue of healthcare specifically? Is there going to be any new initiatives rolled out? Should we expect something, or should we wait for him just to lay out some basic guidelines going into this coming election?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, as in past years, this address will have specific calls to Congress to act in certain areas.

I would say if you were looking at the weighting of issues, I think healthcare certainly is a key part of the speech, and I think you can expect very deliberate, or — excuse me, not deliberate — very specific requests for the Congress to do certain things on healthcare.

Q And just to follow up on Hallie’s question — we’re obviously not operating in a vacuum here. Impeachment — we think the President will have just moved past that. What’s the tone of the speech as it relates to this moment, coming out of what has been this contentious period for the President?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well I would again say, if you look at the past three years — I mean, last year, we were just coming off of a government shutdown. And nevertheless, I think last year could be — I think was widely seen by independents and others as a very optimistic, forward-looking speech, a visionary speech. I think this will be an optimistic speech.

And, you know, without previewing — you know, no speech is ever final until it’s delivered, so it’s not as if this is in a vacuum pack until Tuesday. But I think the President will be focused on, you know, the interests of the American people. And in that spirit, I think he’s going to give a positive, forward-looking vision.

Q I’m just wondering, broadly, which foreign policy points he might touch on, particularly China trade and the Middle East peace plan.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: As you noticed, I didn’t give a lot on the national security section, but if you look at the last several years of the Joint Session speeches, the State of the Union speeches, you’ll see that he does a fair bit of going through areas of the world. But I won’t preview anything in particular.

Q Just following up on the foreign policy question, can you address Iran specifically? I know you’re not going to get ahead of the content, but again, going back to the question of tone, what tone can you expect to hear from him as it relates to Iran, which is arguably been one of his biggest foreign policy challenges this year?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I think it’s fair to say “determined” — you know, “forceful,” “strong.” Those would be good adjectives.

Q I’m not asking you to get into the details, because I’m sure you won’t, but will there be any big-ticket policy items that he will unveil on Tuesday night?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Often depends on one person’s interpretation of “big ticket,” but I think, you know, very important in terms of his agenda — yes. I mean —

Q Just along those same lines —

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Did I already call on you?

Q You did.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Oh, you asked me to spell, sorry. Go ahead. (Laughter.)

Q Along those same lines that John just asked, will he, kind of, give an outline of what he would expect for a second term if he were to win? Should we expect that? And what kind of items will he (inaudible)?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, he’s going to — he’s going to call on the Congress, working with him on several things.

In terms of a second-term agenda, I mean, some things take time. So I think things that he’s calling for this year, if they don’t happen, he’ll continue to call for them.

I’ll come next to you.

Q As we see it right now, we don’t all know whether the impeachment vote will happen before or after the speech — sort of like a choose-your-own-adventure thing, two forks in a road. Are you guys committed to — is he going to give the same speech no matter what, or are you preparing contingencies based on the calendar?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I wouldn’t call it contingencies. I mean, I’ve been here a couple years here and things — events always happen, and so it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for the speech to evolve before it’s delivered. So it wouldn’t be anything different than any other significant —

Q Right, but at this point, given this is such a big choose-you-own-adventure moment, have you guys written blocks of the speech in case the vote happens or blocks the speech in case it’s still pending?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, I don’t want to get into the process, but the President is always adaptable to speak to the moment and what’s required, and we’re fleet of foot to be able to do that.

Q Thank you.

Q You said me next.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Oh, sorry. Yes. I did say you. Sorry.

Q Just a reminder. (Laughs.)

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Yeah. (Laughs.)

Q This very much seems like a campaign rally speech that the President is directing toward his supporters. In order to address the other half of the country during this moment of extreme division in the country, will the President talk about unity like he has in the past? And how will you get around the criticism that follows after, that he’s just reading from a prompter and doesn’t really want to unify the country?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, I take issue with your characterization that he only speaks to one part of the country.

In terms of the blue-collar boom, I mean, for example, more minorities and women got jobs last year than otherwise. The 72 percent, I think, of women got jobs in the last year. The greatest wage gains are for people at the lower — lower end of the income area.

The focus on jobs and opportunity training with the Pledge to American Workers covers all ranges of people in society.

So I think that it’s unifying because — I think the speech will be unifying in part because the President is focused on opportunity for all Americans. So I would strongly disagree —

Q But is he going to acknowledge that other half that doesn’t have any faith in him right now?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, the President is focused entirely on helping all Americans rise in this economy. And if you read the Davos speech, you’ll see, in mind-numbing detail, the economic indicators that he’s doing that. He’s doing that with passion because he believes that his job is to put the American people first and American workers and American families.

Way in the back.

Q Yeah. Thank you. Given that this is number four, this will be the first time the President has done one of these while there are people in the Chamber who are wanting to replace him as President. How does the President feel about that? Will he mention any of those people or allude to them in any way?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I won’t preview if he’s going to call anybody out because I — but I think the President will be entirely comfortable with that. I think — yeah, I’ll just — I’ll just say that.

Have I called on —

Q Right here.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Yes.

Q Is there any chance that if the vote hasn’t happened yet, that the date of this changes?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: That is beyond anything that I would be able to address.

Q And can I ask one more question?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Sure.

Q Has anyone outside the White House helped the President craft this speech?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The President talks to lots of people, and certainly, you know, I wouldn’t give you any specific information about anyone who’s outside the White House crafting a speech.

Q Jeff Mason.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Yeah.

Q Will there be any legislative proposals in the speech? And a follow-up on — I think maybe Blake asked about tax cuts. The President has previewed that he wants to do a tax cut 2.0. Can we not assume that that’s something that he’ll talk about on Tuesday?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, I wouldn’t make any assumptions, but I didn’t preview that and I don’t — there are a lot of things I haven’t previewed, but I don’t want to un-preview them. So —

Q And with regard to legislative — and with regard to legislative proposals, will there be any legislative proposals in the speech?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, as I mentioned, like in years past, he will have calls for the Congress to do certain things.

I think they call —

Q Thank you very much.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Yeah.

Q Will the President address about the North Korea nuclear issues or Korean Peninsula in his speech?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: No comment on, you know — I’m not going to address it or preview that. And, you know, in years past, he’s addressed the North Korean situation. So —

Way in the back. Gentleman way in the back. Yeah. You.

Q Which of the President’s proposals do you expect Democrats to stand and applaud?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I think there could be a couple.

Q Which ones?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I’ll come back to you, one second.

Q Thank you very much, sir. What are we expecting as far as small businesses are concerned? Because they are the ones, in general, to create jobs? And also, middle class — what are we expecting from the President?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, as I mentioned, he’ll talk about how the economic policy that he has pursued has lifted up the middle class and especially blue-collar workers. He’ll talk about the manufacturing jobs, I expect, that have been created. He’ll talk about how the tax cuts have helped small businesses. He’ll talk about how the energy revolution has really lifted everybody up in terms of, you know, lower gasoline prices, lower energy prices.

Q Thanks a lot. Last year, one of those rare instances of bipartisan applause was when the President said that America will never be a socialist country. Do you see a return to that theme at all in the speech?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, all I will say to that is that, as I said in the topline, you know, he’s going to build off what he said last year and present some contrasts, especially when it comes to healthcare. So —

Q Will he acknowledge that — will he mention the fact that this is an election year and acknowledge how difficult it is to get things done in presidential election years?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: No comment on what he’ll say about that. I mean, I’m not going to preview anything he’ll say about (inaudible).

Q Well, will he specifically mention, “Hey, I know it’s an election year”?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: You know, I don’t know. I mean, everybody knows that. (Laughter.) So, I don’t know if he’ll make it explicit or not.

Q In 1999, President Clinton delivered a State of the Union in the middle of impeachment. I guess, two questions about that. One, have you guys studied that speech at all or looked at how he dealt with it? And also, that was a super over-the-top bipartisan, “let’s talk about bipartisanship” kind of speech. Do you expect this speech to have any sort of overtures to bipartisanship?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, I would just say that the economy doing so well, and the President’s emphasis on continuing the policies that are lifting people from all walks of life — every age, background — that’s unifying.

I’ve heard the President say in a different — in a public forum that he always thought Americans could unite around success. And, you know, in that respect, whether certain people don’t see the President being uniting or unifying, the facts of the matter — the facts of the economic consequences are they, in a way, they do unite because people can be united around success.

Q Should we expect any major initiatives in the foreign policy portion of the address? Could you talk about that without going into specifics?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, of course, this past week, the President laid out his peace plan proposal. I don’t think we’ll have anything of that magnitude in the speech, but I wouldn’t — I didn’t preview anything, but he may — he may talk about that to some degree. But I think there won’t be anything, you know, certainly Earth-shattering or new with respect to foreign policy.

Q Yes, the President just signed the USMCA in a ceremony. No Democrats who were invited. Is there — are there going to be any Democrats as guests? Is there going to be any way that he talks about the fact that things have been not very friendly between to the two parties?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I don’t know, actually, whether any — I don’t know the party affiliation of the guests. I would not be surprised if some of them are Democrats, but that’s just speaking about the guests. I don’t think the President is going to address that in particular. I don’t think he’s going to be explicit about it.

Q Is there a nexus between the Opportunity Zones and this guest, Tony Rankins? Did something good happen to him because of the zone specifically?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I mentioned that the company is operating — that has hired him and trained him — is in an Opportunity Zone.

Q What did it do for the company? How did it help him?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The Opportunity Zone made the company capable of doing what it’s doing, and we can provide more information on that.

Way in the back. The gentleman there in the back.

Q Yeah. Thank you. The President spoke last year — in last year’s address — about ending endless wars. I’m wondering if he would talk about that again or speak at all about trying to bring U.S. troops home from overseas.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I think the President has talked very consistently about that. I won’t preview what he’ll say in the speech, but he has talked very consistently about that in the past.

Right here, in the front.

Q Can we anticipate anything on coronavirus and efforts being made to make sure that this doesn’t become a bigger problem?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Yeah, I won’t preview what’s going to be said. As you know, this is a busy news day, and I think the State Department put some things out, and the CDC. I expect, you know, people — I mean, I know the President is closely monitoring it, and I wouldn’t be surprised between now and Tuesday there will be more that will said about that. But I won’t preview what the State of the Union will say about that because I —

Q Thanks a lot.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Yeah.

Q It’s been a busy week for the President. He’s had the rollout of his vision for peace in the Middle East, the USMCA, a rally last night in Iowa. What’s been the rhythm of his engagement with speechwriters this week? How often has he been dipping into the speech? How engaged has he been? And when has he found time to do that?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, you know, we travel — yesterday — I was on travel yesterday. Saw the President. Spoke to the President. You know, we hear from the President all of the time, whether we’re in the room or not, by what he is saying, what he is — you know, like the USMCA.

We have a very clear idea of what the President’s vision is in a lot of areas. And then, when necessary, we ask specifically and engage.

Q Did he veto any guests that you guys have planned?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I’m not going to get into the speechwriting process other than to say that the process begins and ends with the President. Trust me on that.

Q Thank you very much. Regarding the mentioning of the U.S.-China phase one trade deal, will the President be giving more details about future steps?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I’m not going to preview what he’s going to say on trade. But — yes.

Q Can I just ask about timing? Do you expect this to be a little shorter speech, a longer speech, compared to the last couple addresses?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I think comparable. Comparable to last year’s — I mean, to the last several years. Yes.

Q Do you anticipate him mentioning anything of the First Lady’s initiatives (inaudible)?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I would not be surprised. In years past, the First Lady has had guests that reflect her initiative. And I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the same this year. As I mentioned earlier, we’ll have some more people for you on Monday who will be guests in the gallery.

Q Will he be mentioning, though, any of her initiatives? Or there will be guests reflecting her initiatives?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I’m not going to preview that today, but on Monday we’ll have some more guests.

MR. DEERE: We’ll take one last question.

Q No, you haven’t called on me.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I haven’t called on you. Okay.

Q So just back to the tone — I’m not asking for content, but you’re a speechwriter, so we’re very used to his speeches now — you know, every week or two weeks, with some very, let’s say, “colorful” language, which his supporters like. You know, just last night, we had “Adam Schiff shifting like a sweaty dog” or “sweating like a dog,” or something like that. We’ve got “the Democrats will end — basically end the entire country as we know it,” “ripping babies out of wombs,” and so on. Is this the type of language that will be in there, or will it be a different kind of President Trump speaking?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, I’d say very generally — as I said, I think the tone will be optimistic. In the past, I’ve sort of said if there’s one word to describe his speech and vision, last year I think I said, “visionary,” and another year I said, “unifying.” I think “optimism” — “optimistic” is the adjective I would use.

You know, in Davos, he had a line in the Davos speech — something to the effect of: This is not a time for pessimism and doubt; this is time for optimism and hope. So I think —

Q Will he talk about the apocalypse? (Laughter.)

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I think it will be generally in that spirit that: This is not a time for pessimism, this is a time for optimism.

Q You mentioned optimism and hope. What connection do you think he might make to the perceived threat of undocumented immigrants?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, in the past, he’s — you know, he talks about immigration. He’s going to talk about success on the southern border. I think that there have been — illegal crossings have declined by, I believe, it’s 72 percent over the last seven, eight months. You know, the border wall is going up. And he’s going to talk about that success. As I mentioned, he’s going to talk about the challenge of sanctuary cities.

Q You got a running time yet?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Someone asked me about the running time, and I said it will probably be comparable to last year.

Q And just to clarify, the theme is, “The Great American Comeback: A Vision of Relentless Optimism” — all together?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: No, no. “The Great American Comeback.”

Q Oh, okay.

Q And, sorry, just quickly, how many people were involved in working on the speech, would you say?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, you know, basically the whole government works on this speech because you engage in a process that it touches upon every department.

Q Yeah, but I mean like writing it — really involved in it.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, several people. Like I said, it begins and ends with the President.

Are we done? (Laughter.)

MR. DEERE: Thanks very much, everybody. Just remember [senior administration official] is on background to a “senior administration official.” Your embargo is now lifted.

Thank you.

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84 Responses to White House Previews President Trump State of The Union Address…

    • Dances with Wolverines says:

      In case anyone is not aware, President Trump is always upbeat and positve whenever he gives a speech. His positive outlook and attitude is what has contributed so much toward his popularity and success.

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      • Mr. Morris says:

        I agree. President Trump’s enthusiasm is contageous. He will accentuate the positive and project a continued winning future with him at the helm.

        Liked by 12 people

      • bertdilbert says:

        My thinking is it might be better to say nothing at all about the failed impeachment. That way Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler efforts are totally ignored as insignificant. Trump being Trump however, may not be able to resist a zinger or two.

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        • FrankieZee says:

          This speech is going to be AWESOME. You just know Trump will throw a couple of zingers at Piglosi, after all he is from NYC and they love to be sarcastic at times. Remember, she sits right behind him and her facial expressions (and I Imagine them to be expressions of HATE and CONTEMPT) for all the world to see. And I for one and looking forward to it.

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      • mopar2016 says:

        Understatement of the night DwW.

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      • tuskyou says:

        After 8 yrs of BH Obama we needed a positive vision and Trump knew that. Remember early on Trump would talk about America losing its spirit. The left love doom and gloom – – they destroy everything they touch. Pres Trump is our Cheerleader in Chief. The best is yet to come! 🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲

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      • MJJ says:

        A Good Suggestive Opening & Closing For President Trump Parody Of POTUS State Of The Union That Would Be Opposite Of Congressman Adam Schiff SCIFS Room “Sensitive Compartmental Information Facility” To Deny POTUS Due Process & American Transparency On Replacing a President By 238 People Over An Election By Voters!
        Closing Speech By President

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    • MJJ says:

      How President Trump Should Use Hollywood Educational Movie Clips At The State of The Union Speech To Explain & Defend Himself & Promote The American National Agenda. The American People Care About Basic Fairness Over Political Prowling For Power!

      Preston Tucker Man and His Dream – Tucker’s Court Defense

      Impeachment Defense Hoax:
      American Achievers Preston Tucker & Howard Hughes Being Investigated By Senators & Congressman:

      How Trump Defends Constitution & Refutes Adam Schiff & Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Complicity Impeachment Due Process:
      Seven Days in May (1964) – John Frankenheimer Clip:

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      • RJ says:

        Excellent clips for those who might wish to contemplate his/her personal perspectives during this time of fervent turmoil. Well done!

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  1. freepetta says:

    It’s a winner!!

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  2. Betty says:

    Scrolled quickly through all this addressing the state of this or that – and I can’t help but hope some one will address the state of this floor- it is disgusting.

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  3. livefreeordieguy says:

    I like it… But should he give it on Tuesday? Every headline will be “Trump Delivers SOTU Under a Cloud of Impeachment Uncertainty” and the media will focus on Monday’s closing arguments and the next day’s vote — stepping on PDJT’s message… Plus there will surely be a “bombshell” or two before Tuesday….
    I’m torn among: (a) having him do it as planned and ignoring the impeachment hoax; (b) having him do it as planned and bashing the impeachment hoax; or (c) having him tell Nancy to stick the State of the Union up her old ‘ad-dress’ and he’ll be there after he is acquitted. What do all you Treepers think?

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    • luke says:

      Of course he should. This is his best chance to reach the most people. Many of which really don’t pay much attention to any of this except for debates and moments like this. One thing I have learned watching this man is he doesn’t shy away from a conflict and he doesn’t care what his enemies think about him. In his mind I suspect he thinks hopes the media use the term SotU impeachment speech. Ultimately they will promote the event and it will drive viewership. Big ratings Tuesday night I am willing to bet.

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      • livefreeordieguy says:

        So are you an (a) or a (b)? — and (c) isn’t ‘don’t give it at all’… it is tell Nancy he’ll give it after the final impeachment vote.

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      • Betty says:

        I was hoping for a vote to dismiss being done so that President Trump could turn around and slow clap Nancy.

        But since it is still hanging over his head and both Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham say there is going to be one more bombshell I guess I don’t want him to slow clap.

        I read that Chuck Schumer pleaded with McConnell to hold off the dismissal till after the SoU, I sure wish McConnell would have told him to pound sand and given President Trump and us the victory we deserve.

        President and his family, friends and administration have suffered, but we have too and our feelings should have entered into Mitch McConnell’s decision to hand this victory with its accompanying bomb-shell to make us all suffer just a little more while Nancy and Chuck keep their brain dead base, brain dead.

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        • H.R. says:

          What did Chuck U Schumer have to give up to McTurtle to get the delay?

          It wasn’t a freebie on Mitch’s part, that I can assure you.

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        • Magabear says:

          There’s really nothing hanging over PDJT’s head now. The vote for witnesses went his way which effectively ended shampeachment. It’s all over but the shouting.

          I posted elsewhere that part of the deal with Schumer was agreeing to waive what they call the “two person” rule, which basically means that the dimms can’t drag out each motion vote with endless speeches. I’m sure Schmucky threatened to do that if he didn’t get a bone thrown his way.

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    • Mr e-man says:

      He will be impeached after the speech for Obstructing The Senate Impeachment for ANYTHING he says about it.

      These Democrats are pure evil.

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  4. Paul Cohen says:

    whoa!! CNN and Des Moines Register are trying to pull the poll results they were on the verge of announcing in Iowa!!!! How much would I bet it shows Bernie surging and Biden collapsing???? The DNC is in panic mode.

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  5. Daniel M. Camac says:

    I don’t care about protocol. I don’t care about butt-hurting Damncrats feelings! I want our President to tell the lying POS’s on both sides of the aisle that WE THE PEOPLE are taking back our country.

    We are going to end this witchhunt BS that has hindered us from being even greater than we are.

    Tell Barr to do his job according to the Constitution and lock these treasoners and seditionists up.

    WE are done playing silly political games. We have the evidence.

    Why the HELL do you need to prove intent when the POS’s already committed the crime?

    I’ve actually mellowed from my previous stance. Life in prison works for me….well except for certain personnel who deserve DEATH by HANGING for TREASON.

    and the losers are………………..OBAMA, H. CLINTON, KERRY, BRENNAN, COMEY, PELOSI , SHIFTY and WRAY.

    I’m giving HOROWITZ a reprieve for now.

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  6. Mr e-man says:

    Gotta do what you gotta do. Say what you need to say. You have the podium. Be Presidential but don’t roll over.

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  7. graficgod says:

    reagan’s 1984 win will be shattered by trump’s on RememberInNovember 3rd

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  8. visage13 says:

    “Q But is he going to acknowledge that other half that doesn’t have any faith in him right now?” I wonder what idiot from the resistance asked him that? If the nation is divided, which I don’t believe it is, then you can thank the fake news and fake activists for it.

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    • The irony is that any effort President Trump makes to be “unifying” is intentionally undermined by these same narrative engineers. In fact, that is probably why they want to know ahead of time, so they can figure out how to destroy his efforts before he has even had a chance to make them.

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    • Amy2 says:

      I don’t believe the country is that divided either. I guess they figure if they say it enough….just like when “W” was president and media kept saying we were in a recession. I looked around and thought, where? I’m doing okay. (at that time I was a stay at home mom, with a husband working 55-60 hours retail which isn’t exactly a gravy train!)

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  9. PS says:

    1). Dumb questions. Why ask about next year, re-elections, etc. that’s not the point of the SOTU. It’s to focus on last year and this fisca year.

    2). President Trump, as President, is of course going to lay out new initiatives as guidance. It’s congress’s responsibility to come to a compromise.

    3). Trump is going to talk to the Dem base directly, and remind them that his way worked. Dems are going to be scared of that.

    4). I expect the Coronavirus to be mentioned in the national security portion. A gentle reminder that an undocumented entry is an a medical risk.

    5). While I personally think Trump should call out the coup/impeachment , he may not even say the word, or acknowledge it even happened. To do so gives the Dems power that they are in his head.

    6). Instead, I expect him to firmly state that he is anti corruption in the foreign aid programs and he is putting us all on notice that there were shenanigans that require investigation. Let the nation know. That is true blue collar… this deep state corruption is while collar graft that must be contained for a government to properly represent its voters.

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  10. PS – that’s why the media are called whores

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  11. JohnCasper says:

    Heart = Healthy
    Lungs = Healthy
    Kidneys = Healthy
    Hair = Very Healthy
    Energy Level = Very High
    IQ = Genius level

    But then enough about me, still your President, and probably your President for the next 16 years, maybe 24 years. Now let’s talk some about Nancy, Adam, Jerry and pretty much the whole democrat field.

    Mouth = Dirty
    Colon = Impacted
    IQ = In some cases too low to be measured
    Vision = Blind
    Psychological State = Psychotic

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  12. Do Stop Thinking About Tomorrow says:

    Bipartisanship Really with WHO every deamonrat in the House hates(yes Hates) President Trump. Who will work with him?

    Which of the President’s proposals do you expect Democrats to stand and applaud?
    None unless it some self-serving that they will look like idiots for not rising. Remember all the White Witch and their ridicule for not rising for the gain in Female Employment?

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  13. Do Stop Thinking About Tomorrow says:

    Oh please, Nancy cancel this thing just to spite our Beloved President. Imagine the rally for the State of the Union after that.

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    • vexedmi says:

      Nice thought, but she won’t cancel. She gets nearly as much face time as the President while at the State of the Union. She is there to make faces and promote a color coordination, be it Black, Blue or White, for the rest of her party.

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  14. jus wundrin says:

    President Trump needs to lower the BOOM on the coup plotters at the SOU. Throw some water at the wicked witch of the west nanzi, and watch her melt. Declassify it all, right in front of the ministry of propaganda so they cant ignore it, and the people begin to finally wake up.

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  15. montanamel says:

    Stand by for some possible “indications” and/or “instructions” as to HOW AMERICA IS GOING TO HANDLE THIS CORONAVIROUS…. Events are taking on a life of their own, around the world, but our CDC has refrained from “transparency”. (cue the nice kitty photo). Conflicting reports and statements from China have not revealed the basic info needed to allow anyone to decide on their personal needs, safety, reasoned alternate considerations for future actions, etc. What better way to gain a “large portion” of US residents’ attention — State of the Union night and hour by way of the President himself. I will be glued to the boob tube at the appointed hour – will you?

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    • BigTalkers says:

      Hitler and the Japanese Empire killed 50 Million. Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot killed 10’s of Millions more. Relatively, this virus has a long way to go.

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      • Judith says:

        Demonrats prefer to wait for bad things to happen. Indeed they like to *make* bad things happen, like ISIS terror and false flag attacks. Fear keeps us off balance.

        Pandemics are wonderful for those Demonrats who salivate for population control, by any means, to weed out a few billion, because *planet.* They would stand by and watch us die, and tell us we deserve it.

        This incessant climate hoopla is their version of Jim Jones koolaid, except they trick us to *crave* their bad medicine, instead of forcing it down our throats. Thanks to Enemedia.

        Why wait until millions are dead before effectively addressing this pandemic? Only Demonrat totalitarians bent on a New World Order would wait until the horse has left the barn before bothering to lock the barn door. Don’t listen to them.

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  16. Do Stop Thinking About Tomorrow says:

    Shock: CNN, Des Moines Register Cancel Iowa Poll After Pete Buttigieg Left Out

    Funny he is so insignificant no even noticed. I guess all those he rising polls are missing something. You would think at least one of his supporters would have said something!

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  17. Magabear says:

    I don’t know how PDJT will be able to resist turning around and zinging Piglosi, but maybe he has more restraint than I do. A “shame on you” would be totally appropriate.

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  18. BigTalkers says:

    Outstanding!

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  19. Sayit2016 says:

    I don’t get this why do they have to release the State of the Union Address why can’t they just wait till he says when he wants to say…

    HE Doesn’t have to clear what he says with anybody…

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  20. MustangBlues says:

    President Trump is a Man! He will handle the situation; it is his presidency and its success because of him, that he can be proud of.

    And we can salute our good luck at having President Trump fighting for Real Americans. Get out and vote, and convince others to vote; Republicans winning the House of Representatives will be the beat down of the communist democrats–triggered therapy.

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  21. ZurichMike says:

    Why delay the final vote?
    1. Optics of following Senate protocol (signal to President — we are in charge of your fate. Wonder what McConnell got from Trump?).
    2. Allows Senators to grandstand and make election year commercials.
    3. Fundraising (“OMG! We need to keep Trump! Send me money!”)
    4. Most Americans are uninterested or don’t know about the impeachment sham. Trump will stay positive and recite a list of accomplishments. The Dems will try to tear him down with “cloud of impeachment” and then the US electorate will see that Trump is working for them while the Dems have wasted three years. Relax, Trump’s got this.
    5. What “bombshell”? Maybe something about Nancy, Schiff, or Biden?
    6. Is is too early in the morning for me to be this relaxed and cynical?

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  22. A2 says:

    Sounds like another great speech, before Congress, but addressed to the people of the country. They are all that matters, so I slightly dismiss the protocol, or venue except it makes the elected Congress hear the message at the same time as their constituents.

    The President is hitting on issues that concern the people, beyond the partisan and fleeting interests purveyed in the press.

    We will hear a clear explication of where we were and where we will go.

    I’m looking forward to SOTU. I believe many are also.

    Let’s move forward, that is the US destiny.

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  23. mark says:

    I have not read all of the comments on this thread and if this is posted I apologize.

    I would think we Deplorables would get the biggest laugh if President Trump at some point in his SOTU speech turns and gives a pen to VP Pence and nancy pelosi!

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  24. getfitnow says:

    Let Trump be Trump. He will be anyway. That’s one plan I trust.

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  25. Guyski says:

    Kill them with kindness. There has to be a few aneurysms in that crowd. President Trump being nice, should burst them. 😉

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  26. Horsesoldier says:

    If I were giving the SOTU speech, I would position a cuckoo clock on the podium facing backwards toward Pelosi. Each time the cuckoo bird popped out, I would turn and face Pelosi.

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  27. railer says:

    Trump doesn’t need to scold anybody, but he should point ahead to the November election, when the people decide who’s done a good job and who hasn’t, who’s wasted public cash and who hasn’t, who’s supported the policies helping this country and who hasn’t, who’s followed the people’s will and who hasn’t. He should make it generic so the entire Uniparty hears it and gets the message.

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  28. Gregreyalan says:

    I’d like to throw out a personal observation/
    Persuasion Point….
    to the normal liberal democrats, who seriously have a hard time justifying support for the modern incarnation of the Dem Party, but are well put off by the idea of, Trump.
    His somewhat rowdy past, reputation in business, as well as aPlayboy lifestyle.
    (reinforced by the constant viciously relentless media)

    One of the things our Vsgpdjt, said early on, were words to the effect:
    (Been searching for the actual statement)

    I’ve spent my life living selfishly and GREEDILY. on behalf of myself, and my family.
    I want to now serve the nation.
    To bring my drive and fight and expertise and business experiences, and my contacts,
    and if need be, my wealth, on behalf of the nation I love.
    Let’s give me a clean slate, and judge me on my Behavior and my Results,
    AS PRESIDENT.

    A message that the enemies realized the power of, thus the need for the hoaxes, with implications of corruption.

    He should update and emphasize,
    As well as adding, I’ve been in politics for 4yrs.
    Who would believe that 28 people , all seemingly ready to leak, listening into every PHONE CALL!!! Many trying to make anything I say or do, which has a strategic plan to achieve my goal. Which will be in MY JUDGEMENT, in pursuit of the MAGA AGENDA.
    Let me make the sausage, and judge me on the prepared dish I serve at the end.

    Just a thought, if agree…please adopt it or use it,
    but maybe viral it….

    Peace

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  29. lordnsailor ziggy says:

    I think this State of the Union address will turn out to be the most impactful speech our President has given during his tenure in office. And I do think it could potentially impact how things play out in the Senate on Wednesday. If it were me, I would give much more emphasis on positive things that have been accomplished to date. However, part of the purpose of this speech is to draw some focus on things that are wanting….and it is impossible to define these things without making reference to the partisan divide – one that is emanating from ALL THREE branches (including the Supreme Court) – that is working to subvert our Constitution. I think it would be in the President’s best interest to at least make a cryptic reference to the aforementioned….I know this sounds politically disastrous, but the clear and present danger continues to loom large. The GOP better not get complacent – in view of last Friday’s victory – because the source of this cancerous
    impeachment, has not been surgically removed.

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  30. webgirlpdx says:

    I read the first part of the briefing. Then came to the first question from some asshat.
    “Hey…..blah blah blah….”whatever”……Impeachment! Russia Russia!

    All you need to know about the state of no longer journalism. He/She actually talked like this. Instead of the state of great things the official laid out. The President will mop the floor with all of them on Tuesday night.

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  31. DWC says:

    In light of what seems to be the Democrats, in their opinion, a winning election policy, it would have been interesting if the question asked by the media about POTUS Trump’s mention in the SOTU about the cost of entitlement programs and the deficit (and likewise the debt) would have been answered as such (paraphrsing): ” I don’t have any specifics about the inclusion or expansion of those topics in the SOTU but suggest you get a good understanding of the background on these topics, should POTUS Trump expand on them during the SOTU, by asking the Democrats to explain what looks like a quid pro quo election policy to give away everything (massive explansion of entitlement programs) under the moon for a vote that would double or triple the deficit/debt while all the time continuolusly complaining about any spending/spending initiatives by POTUS Trump that have resulted in numerous positive gains for every US citizen.”

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