The president is expected to tout his economic successes. That includes low unemployment numbers during his first year and the benefits of the tax bill. But some democrats remain skeptical of the president’s agenda.
When President Donald Trump addresses the nation Tuesday night, he’ll make his case to the America people on issues like the economy and national security.Related: Lawmakers sending their own messages during Trump’s speech
“Make an appeal that to do infrastructure, we need to do it in a bipartisan way. And also talk about America’s strength, the fact that we are continuing to wipe out ISIS, but that we have growing threats, such as North Korea,” said Marc Short, White House Legislative Affairs Director.
In addition, officials say the commander-in-chief will call for bi-partisan support on key policies like his immigration plan.
Gary Nordlinger a political science professor with George Washington University, expects the president to also push for a budget deal.Related: In State of Union, Trump to make his case on economy
“Will he be able to lay out enough of a plan of what he will accept in return for the people on the DACA program to get a budget,” said Nordlinger.
Some lawmakers say they’re boycotting the president’s speech in response to Trump’s past behavior including negative remarks made about African nations and minorities.
Congressman Donald Mceachin says he understands those concerns but intends to attend the speech.
“Stare a bully down. I’m from Virginia. We don’t back down from racist, we don’t back down from bullies,” said Mceachin.
While it’s been a divisive year in politics, White House officials say the president will send a message of unity as he looks to move the country forward.
Victims of the opioid crisis, law enforcement agents and service members are among those invited to Tuesday night’s speech by the White House.
The president’s speech is also expected to set the tone for the 2018 mid-term elections and the key political battles ahead.