White House announces State of the Union guests

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President Donald Trump has invited Tom Wibberley - the father of a Maryland man killed in the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen - to attend the State of the Union speech Tuesday night as his guest, the White House said.

So the president shut down the government. The speech was delayed for a week because of the shutdown that ended on January 25.

"It's that alternative. It's a national emergency, it's other things".

Yet when Trump was asked on Friday whether he might use the speech to declare executive action on his promised border wall - perpahs by declaring a national emergency, even though 66 percent of Americans would oppose such a move - he replied, "I don't want to say".

The State of the Union will be Tuesday at 8 p.m. Instead, she said funding for additional technology and more ports of entry are "part of the negotiation". "I'll come to the House Chamber for the State of the Union the next time I can hear from a president who will tell the truth about the State of the Union".

While White House officials cautioned that Mr Trump's remarks were still being finalised, the president was expected to use some of his televised address to showcase a growing economy.

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There will be no better indication of the dramatic swing in the balance of power in Washington than the presence of Pelosi.

Still, the fact that Mr Trump's advisers feel a need to try a different approach is a tacit acknowledgement that the president's standing is weakened as he begins his third year in office.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly told the president that some Republicans may join Democrats "to pass a resolution to block any emergency declaration, which Trump would then have to veto", Reuters reports.

In the audience will be several Democrats running to challenge Trump in 2020, including Sens. Meanwhile, the guest list for the annual speech is permitted to be decided only by the president, first lady and the 535 Congress' members.

The president's State of the Union previous year clocked in at 1 hour and 20 minutes, just nine minutes short of the modern record set by Bill Clinton in his final address in 2000.

According to an excerpt, the President will say: "Together, we can break decades of political stalemate, we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America's future".

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