Several Republican senators told Circa's Kellan Howell that they expect Trump to talk about finding more ways to continue the current economic growth, building up the U.S. infrastructure and rebuilding the U.S. military. But it may be just as important to keep an eye out on what he doesn't mention.
Here are some excerpts provided by the White House:
• Together, we are building a SAFE, STRONG, and PROUD America.
• We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work; we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love.
• Just as I promised the American People from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history.
• Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the Middle Class and small businesses.
• Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses – many of them thousands of dollars per worker.
• This is our New American Moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.
• Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.
• Americans love their country. And they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.
• For the last year we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their government.
• In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.
• We have ENDED the war on American Energy – and we have ENDED the War on CLEAN COAL. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.
• America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs and our nation’s wealth.
• America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just one year – isn’t it a disgrace that it can now take ten years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?
• I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.
• Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American Workers and American Families.
• So tonight I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens, of every background, color, and creed.
• As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad.
• Last year I pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the earth. One year later, I’m proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.
• Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of the past Administrations that got us into this dangerous position.
President Donald Trump is poised to deliver is first State of the Union speech as president, and it's expected to contain the typical self-adulation and ceremonial applause and jeers that have made this strange tradition what it is today.
You're probably thinking, "Hey, didn't Trump give a State of the Union speech last year?"
Wrong! That was not (officially) a SOTU address. It was actually just a speech to a joint session of Congress. That said, it was a bit unusual considering it came only a month after Trump entered office.
Anyway, here are some tips on what to expect for this year's first, actual, SOTU:
It's the economy, stupid
Aside from the border wall, Trump campaigned ad nauseum on improving the economy and adding more jobs for the frustrated U.S. workforce. While it's difficult to determine exactly what impact any president's policies have on the economy (it is a free market, after all), there has been some significant growth during Trump's first year. The stock market soared to record highs, jobs have been created and the GDP has improved.
Trump will likely tout the recent Republican-driven tax reform bill as a major driver of this success. He is also expected to speak on how deregulation and formulating new trade deals might continue this trend.
The Wall, obviously
You can't talk Trump policy without talking about the infamous wall. The yet-to-be-built border wall with Mexico was the president's Trump card (pun very much intended) during the 2016 presidential race. Trump has promised that he has not deviated from his plan to build it, but it may not be the massive, fortress-like wall he touted during the campaign.
Trump is expected to talk about his $25 billion border security and immigration plan, which will include funding for the wall itself and includes a path to citizenship for Dreamers, children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. The Dreamer provision is a sweetener for Democrats who have sworn to fight against any immigration reform that doesn't include protection for those under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era provision that protected Dreamers. It's an easy give for Trump, considering a vast majority of the American public supports some kind of protection for Dreamers.
Why can't we be friends?
By now, you're probably well aware that Trump has no problem lambasting his enemies both privately and publicly. But Trump is expected to extend something of an olive branch to his critics in his speech by pushing for more bipartisan cooperation. It's a tall order, considering previous attempts have floundered and led to the three-day government shutdown earlier this month.
That said, there may be some daylight for bipartisan agreement on another one of Trump's campaign promises: infrastructure. U.S. roads, highways, bridges and other crucial transportation systems are a mess. As in, there are literally bridges collapsing. It's so bad that even the government itself consistently rates U.S. infrastructure at around a D plus.
Trump may not be extending a hand to the Democrats out of the goodness of the heart. Keep in mind that government funding dries up against in nine days, and Trump will need Senate Democrats on board to prevent another shutdown.
Democrats may not receive an olive branch from Trump but they at least received tickets to Trump's first "State of the Uniom Address."