The president’s third address is focusing on what he calls the “great American comeback”.
On the eve of his all-but-certain impeachment acquittal in the Senate, President Donald Trump is at the Capitol to deliver his third State of the Union address.
The latest on the president’s State of the Union speech (all times local):
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Both parties applaud Guaido at State of Union
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido helped usher in a rare moment of unity at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.
Democrats and Republicans applauded Tuesday night as Guaido stood as Trump called him the legitimate president of the South American nation.
Guaido is the leader of the opposition-led National Assembly in Venezuela. He was a last-minute surprise invited guest of Trump’s.
The U.S. and more than 50 other nations believe the 2018 reelection of President Nicolas Maduro was illegitimate and say Guaido should be considered president under the Venezuelan constitution. Trump in his speech called Maduro a “tyrant.”
Interior secretary is the designated survivor
The White House says Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is the designated survivor for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union.
The designation refers to the practice of ensuring that one Cabinet secretary does not attend the annual speech in case of a national emergency or devastating tragedy.
The designated survivor would lead the government if other officials are killed or incapacitated.
Bernhardt was named interior secretary last year, replacing Ryan Zinke, who resigned.
Awkward moment between Trump, Pelosi at speech
Did President Donald Trump decline to shake Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand?
At the start of the State of the Union address Tuesday it appeared that Pelosi extended her hand to Trump, a gesture amid the divisive impeachment proceedings.
The president was presenting folios to Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence as he arrived for the evening speech when it appears she reached for the shake. At the same time, Trump turned away from her to face the audience of lawmakers gathered for the annual address.
Pelosi gave a look.
The speaker led House Democrats in impeaching Trump last month on charges he abused power and obstructed Congress in the Ukraine matter. The Senate is poised to acquit him Wednesday of the two articles of impeachment.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is an honored guest of President Donald Trump’s for his State of the Union address.
Limbaugh is guest of Trump’s for State of Union
Limbaugh was seated next to first lady Melania Trump in the congressional gallery for Tuesday’s speech. He has been a steadfast supporter of President Trump and his policies over the years.
Limbaugh announced on his nationally televised radio program on Monday that he is battling advanced lung cancer.
According to multiple news reports, Trump informed news anchors earlier Tuesday that he will bestow Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the coming months. That is the highest civilian honor in the nation.
Venezuela’s Guaido attends State of the Union speech
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is attending President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night on Capitol Hill.
The invitation comes as Guaido has been trying to win face time with Trump, his most important international ally. Guaido’s visit to Miami on Saturday rounded out a two-week world tour that took him first to Colombia, then across Europe and Canada, where he held meetings seeking more international help to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office.
Venezuela has been a top priority in Latin America for the Trump administration, which a year ago was the first among 60 governments to throw its weight behind Guaido.
The House is lit for television ahead of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, and members of Congress are showing off their priorities.
Many Democratic women are wearing white Tuesday to align themselves with suffragettes a century after women won the right to vote. Some also are wearing green Equal Rights Amendment pins ahead of an expected House vote on the issue this month. Look, too, for red-white-and-blue-striped lapel pins to highlight climate change.
Many Republicans got to the chamber early to snag aisle seats. The coveted positions allow them to shake hands on camera with the president as he makes his way down the aisle. This year, Trump is speaking on the eve of his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress when dealing with Ukraine.
The acquittal vote will resolve impeachment in Congress, but voters will have the final say this election year. Every member of the House, a third of the Senate and Trump himself are up for reelection.
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