President Donald Trump is anticipated to take credit for the past year’s U.S. economic gains on Tuesday night in an address to Congress. Trump is facing an investigation of his campaign’s alleged connections with Russia.
The deadline is approaching for the immigration controversy and strong Democratic opposition, Trump will also call for a bipartisan compromise. Trump is scheduled to visit Capitol Hill and deliver his first State of the Union speech beginning at 9:10 p.m.
Many believe that Trump will use the televised speech to flaunt the benefits of a tax overhaul approved by the Republican-controlled Congress in last month, which was was his first major legislative victory since taking office.
“The economy will be front and center,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
Before Trump’s speech, Republicans and Democrats were split over immigration. Lawmakers are not too far away from the February 8, deadline to reach a compromise and pass a new budget measure or the second government shutdown will commence.
To appeal to Democrats regarding an immigration deal, President Trump has said he would consider to permit the “Dreamers,” a group of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, remain in the country. Trump is requesting funding for a wall on the border with Mexico and measures to control family sponsorship of immigrants, which has not appealed to Democrats in the past.
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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said there has been little progress made regarding immigration. “We didn’t agree on anything,” Durbin said on Monday.
Trump’s speech will be at the same time he as headlines regarding U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe if Trump or his team conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the campaign Russia has denied any interference. Trump has also denied any conspiring with Russia, calling the investigation a “witch hunt” and “hoax.”
“We hope the president focuses on economic growth and accomplishments and leaves out the drama,” said Republican strategist Scott Reed.