On January 25, Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to temporarily fund the government for three weeks. "Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards".
Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, delivered the party's response to President Trump.
Despite the fierce partisan disagreements, Trump's speech will feature prominent calls for bipartisanship and unity - a sharp contrast in tone from the president's usual insults and name-calling on Twitter. In a rejoinder to some Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), who have proposed getting rid of ICE over allegations that the agency has abused its powers in conducting enforcement raids, Trump said: "I will never abolish our heroes from ICE". Democrats have refused to acquiesce to his demands for a border wall, and Republicans are increasingly unwilling to shut down the government to help him fulfill his signature campaign pledge. "It just doesn't work that way".
Abrams' audience at the union hall included workers, activists, labor leaders, health care professionals, educators, entrepreneurs and voters who her aides say had trouble casting their ballots in 2018.More news: Lukaku: Pogba happy without Mourinho, atmosphere has improved under Solskjaer
"After 24 months of rapid progress, our economy is the envy of the world", Trump's prewritten remarks read.
One bright spot for the president has been the economy, which has added jobs for 100 straight months.
Republicans are not sparing Abrams, with the Republican National Committee lambasting what it calls "extreme policies" that were "rejected by her home state of Georgia last November". Border barriers also would have little impact on dealing with a record number of Central American families that have been apprehended at the border over the past year, most of whom have entered the country with the intention of surrendering to border agents in hopes of winning political asylum in the United States.
To build on US economic success, Trump will say that "one priority is paramount: reversing decades of calamitous trade policies".More news: By 2100, oceans would become more greener and bluer
Those three lines overshadowed what was widely expected to be the tentpole of Trump's address, which provided the president with another opportunity to pitch his long-promised $5.7 billion "wall" along the U.S. Mexico border to the American people.
Foreign policy, including Trump's talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will be a heavy focus of the speech. Several leading GOP lawmakers have sharply criticized his plans to withdraw from Syria, as well as from Afghanistan.
"I'm disappointed by the president's approach to our problems", she said. "Great nations do not fight endless wars".
The Republican-led Senate this week broke with Trump on Syria and Afghanistan, passing a largely symbolic resolution that opposed a "precipitous withdrawal", insisting militants in both countries still pose a threat to the U.S.More news: Many children are overdoing it on the Toothpaste, study