Amid unprecedented hostile actions from the Democrats, US President Donald Trump will call for bipartisan support for key issues in his second State of the Union address early Tuesday. He will range widely over other issues, including foreign policy and his expectation of a second summit soon with the North Korean leader while laying out the agenda for his third year in office. The standoff with the Democrats over funding for the southern border wall will figure large in the speech. Trump may also showcase his immigration proposals and issues appealing for consensus, such as infrastructure projects and cutting cost of prescription drugs.
Majority House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who postponed the president’s speech from its scheduled date over the shutdown of government, and other Democratic lawmakers are using the occasion to send messages of their own — largely through the guests they invited. Pelosi will be sitting behind the president as he speaks. But she will have the last word. She has chosen Stacey Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Georgia last year, to give her party’s response to the president’s address.