After 2 years of rancour, Trump to call for unity in address


But will anyone buy it?

The president's address marks the first time he is speaking before a Congress that is not fully under Republican control.

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.

Trump will also highlight two of his legislative achievements: passage of a criminal justice bill that allows for early release of low-level offenders, and a package of programs and policies meant to curb the nation's opioid epidemic.

Ms Abrams is widely regarded as a rising star within her party.

Trump is set to outline his agenda while facing a new reality: a House chamber controlled by Democrats.

Last year, when we crossed into the Trump era, you said the state of our union was "Wiemar Republic Part 2", "surreal", "exhausted", "incomprehensible", "covfefe", and much, much more. But they had plenty to say about Trump's new top political foe, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and her fellow Democrats.

Trump, who will speak at 9pm EST (02:00 GMT), is not expected to make good on his threats to declare a national emergency in order to secure the funds for the wall.

India monitoring detention of students after United States sting operation
This is the first time India has issued a demarche to United States since the row over diplomat Devyani Khobragade in 2013. In New Delhi , Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "We are aware about this incident".

However, Johnson did confirm that he would be attending Stacey Abrams' watch party.

What's more likely is that Trump will use the synagogue shooting to bring up anti-Semitism or hate crimes generally, a topic he's been criticized for not coming out forcefully enough against.

While Trump was still putting the final touches on the speech Tuesday afternoon, he was expected to use some of his televised address to showcase a growing economy. He's reduced federal taxes and regulations, 304,000 jobs were added to the USA economy last month, unemployment is at a 50-year low, and there are now more jobs available than there are people to fill them.

The speech comes on the heels of a record-long partial government shutdown, which ended on January 25 after spanning 35 days. There are a few ways to sidestep for McConnell and company, but they all involve directly avoiding the resolution by a last-minute rule change or an up-and-down vote, both of which have the same effect of overtly supporting Trump's state of emergency. Trump wants to bring US troops back from those countries, but many GOP lawmakers warn threats in both places are too great to do so.

USA officials say the Islamic State group now controls less than 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) of territory in Syria, an area smaller than New York's Central Park. The announcement could come before, during or after the speech, according to USA media. He's invited a young boy who shares his last name and who has been subjected to bullying at school because of it. An announcement is expected on a new initiative aimed at ending transmissions of HIV by 2030.

Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who is not related to the president, drew headlines past year after his parents went public to share stories of the abuse they said he had suffered because of his last name.

Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney went over the speech on Monday night with about a dozen supporters including former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, as well as Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, a source familiar with the meeting said.