Trump’s State of the Union (SOTU) address, slated on Tuesday night, will cover “a lot of territory,” including immigration and trade. Trump said he’ll talk about what he touted as “great success” of the stock market and tax cuts passed late last year. Former US President John F. Kennedy’s great nephew, Joe Kennedy III, will be the Democrat responding to Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address….reports Asian Lite News
US President Donald Trump said that his State of the Union (SOTU) address, slated on Tuesday night, will cover “a lot of territory,” including immigration and trade.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said on Monday he’ll talk about what he touted as “great success” of the stock market and tax cuts passed late last year.
“It’s a big speech — an important speech,” reports quoted Trump as saying.
Trump said he will make push on immigration policies, while calling for bipartisanship as “the Republicans really don’t have the votes to get it done in any other way.”
His remarks will come amid tough negations between Democrats and Republicans over the fate of so-called Dreamers, recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that shields them from deportation but was terminated by Trump last year.
An impasse between bipartisan lawmakers over this issue led to a government shutdown earlier this month and could cause another in coming weeks if their divide remains unresolved.
On Monday, Trump also stressed that his speech would focus on trade. “We have to have reciprocal trade,” Trump said. “It’s not a one-way deal anymore.”
He made a similar argument at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, where he declared that he would “always put America first.”
According to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the speech, the president is expected to touch upon several other policy areas, such as infrastructure and national security.
Meanwhile, Former US President John F. Kennedy’s great nephew, Joe Kennedy III, will be the Democrat responding to Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, media reports said.
Despite his famous surname, Kennedy III has kept a relatively low profile during his five years in Congress. That, however, would end on Tuesday when the Massachusetts Congressman will respond to Trump.
Delivering the opposition party’s response has always come with some notoriety. From Marco Rubio to Bobby Jindal, the awkwardly staged speeches have increasingly resulted in mockery.
“I’m just hoping I can make it on and off the stage without tripping, dehydrating or ruining my career,” Kennedy told the media.
Before he steps into the national spotlight, here are a few things to know about the young Kennedy.
The 37-year-old spent much of his young adulthood in public service just like his famous relatives, President Kennedy and his brother Senator Ted Kennedy.
After graduating from Stanford, Kennedy joined the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic helping local residents set up businesses, “an experience” he still says he draws on to this day.
He has a law degree from Harvard. Before running for office in 2012 he worked as a lawyer.
In his first two years, Kennedy spent most of his time in Congress under the radar, shying away from prominent posts and instead focussing on issues and constituent services, boston.com said.
One niche issue that Kennedy has embraced is transgender rights. Kennedy made headlines when he dubbed the Republican healthcare bill an “act of malice”. He also used stories of his own family history as a rebuke to Trump’s immigration proposals.