Trump’s 2019 State of the Union: What Investors Should Watch

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Melania Trump's guests at the speech will include the family of a Nevada couple who were allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant last month and a Department of Homeland Security agent who works on human trafficking cases, according to the White House.

Under pressure from conservative backers, Mr Trump refused to sign a government funding bill that did not include money for his long-sought border wall. The only question about the president's state of the union - how often will he distort?

How much Republicans are anxious about the national debt usually depends on who is living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: if it's a GOP president such as Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or Donald Trump, they lack the deficit hawk mentality they expressed repeatedly when Barack Obama was president.

Tuesday's numbers came hours before the president's State of the Union address.

Trump's address will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

Although Trump had nothing on his public schedule, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump has meetings Tuesday, including with his chief of staff. On Jan. 16, Pelosi sent a letter to Trump calling for the speech to be postponed until the shutdown, which had begun on December 22, was over.

Having the last name of Trump has resulted in harassment for one DE 6th-grader - but now he's accepting an invite from the president who shares his name. As I wrote last month, Congress has the power to overrule presidential emergency declarations: Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi would no doubt relish the chance to put every congressional Republican on the record either against Trump or against their supposed small-government principles. Democrats see little evidence the president is willing to compromise.

Through his first two years in office, Trump has received a major boost due to generally strong economic numbers.

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Declaring a state of emergency at the border might resolve Trump's personal frustrations, but it would put his allies in Congress in a hard position.

The bipartisan, bicameral conference committee composed of 17 Democrats and Republicans was formed as part of the deal to end the 35-day partial shutdown of the government. Those numbers are slightly worse for Trump's cause than when Gallup polled the same question last June and found 57 percent opposed and 41 percent in support.

Melania Trump has said she will focus on countering online bullying as first lady.

Many are questioning if Trump will use the address to declare a national emergency to fund the border wall.

At 9pm local time on Tuesday (1300 AEDT Wednesday) before a joint session of congress, Mr Trump likely will stir contention with remarks on immigration policy.

In a statement, the White House described the sixth grader as a boy who appreciates science, art and history, and said his "hero and best friend is his Uncle Cody, who serves in the United States Air Force".

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".