President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress.
But Trump takes the rostrum at a strange moment that will surely become part of national political lore — he’s the subject of a special investigation within the Department of Justice, and his divisive rhetoric consistently sets the nation on edge.
What kind of opportunity does Trump have with this speech? What should we expect from the president?
“The theme the White House is telling us to expect is building a safe, strong, and proud America,” says Casey. “Those are a lot of positive words. That’s not ‘American carnage,’ which is what we heard from his inaugural speech.”
“The real question a lot of people here in Washington, and I’m sure everywhere, (are) asking is, what happens tomorrow morning? Does the president blow all of this capital with a tweet?”
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