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    Trump's State of the Union Aims for a Unifying Tone

    Trump's State of the Union Aims for a Unifying Tone

    This, I gotta see!

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump heads into his State of the Union address dogged by bruising midterm losses and sinking poll numbers, wounded by a blistering standoff with Democrats. But for the stately speech, he plans to embrace unity — at least for the night.

    “Choosing Greatness” is the official White House theme.

    Addressing the nation at the weakest point of his presidency, Trump will seek to use the ceremonial moment to pitch a unifying vision and reset relations with Democrats. The prime-time presidential set-piece Tuesday night comes amid a bitter border wall fight that nearly derailed the speech altogether, but Trump is not expected to dwell on the rancor.

    “I really think it’s going to be a speech that’s going to cover a lot of territory, but part of it’s going to be unity,” Trump told reporters this week.

    While Trump may strive for a unifying tone for the evening, harsh rhetoric has been a constant of his presidency. Previous efforts by Trump to shift gears have been short-lived and have struck many as disingenuous, given the ferocity with which he often takes on Democrats. Even on Friday, Trump was going after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by name, calling her clueless and her ideas dangerous.

    In his speech, Trump is expected to highlight rare bipartisan accomplishments from last year and push Democrats to work with him on issues of potential agreement, such as infrastructure, drug prices and vocational training. Still, his recent struggles will be on full display as he addresses a room packed with Democrats and with Pelosi sitting right behind him.

    Trump, who loves to build suspense, has teased that he could drop a big announcement in his speech, suggesting Friday he might make news on his threat to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress in his quest to build his long-promised border wall.

    “Well, I’m saying listen closely to the State of the Union. I think you’ll find it very exciting,” he said.

    White House speechwriters and policy staffers have been working for weeks on the address, with the president offering considerable input, scribbling notes in his trademark black Sharpie scrawl on drafts of sections prepared by Stephen Miller and other top speechwriters, according to one White House official who, like some others, was not authorized to publicly discuss the speech and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Trump is expected to address the border, continuing to press his case for the wall, but he is also expected to make a bigger pitch about what he sees as his achievements to date and his plans for the rest of the term, said several people familiar with the planning.

    Officials were quick to caution that the speech remains a work in progress and stressed that Trump will tinker with it until the final moments. A senior administration official said Trump will focus on five main areas: immigration, trade, infrastructure, drug pricing and national security. He will list what he sees as the dangers of illegal immigration and discuss his efforts to revise trade deals, including the updated agreement with Canada and Mexico.

    The president will call on Congress to produce an infrastructure package and support efforts to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs. And he will discuss military efforts around the world, stressing his interest in ending U.S. engagement in foreign wars.

    He’s also expected to discuss the political turmoil in Venezuela and trade negotiations with China.

    One early excerpt of the speech released by the White House: “Together we can break decades of political stalemate; we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make.”

    The administration has also been teasing several other announcements, including on the president’s planned withdrawal from Syria.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Fox News interview that the president would “make a significant announcement, I think in the State of the Union next week, with respect of the status of the caliphate, the real estate, the grounds from which (the Islamic State group) had been operating in Syria.” Trump tweeted Friday: “We will soon have destroyed 100% of the Caliphate, but will be watching them closely.”

    And Trump told reporters he would probably be announcing the details of his upcoming second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the speech.

    Trump is also expected to seize on recent headlines about late-term abortion amid recent scrutiny of the practice and will talk about “respect for human life,” according to the senior administration official.

    Bill Galston, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution and former adviser in the Clinton administration, said Trump should look beyond his political base on Tuesday.

    “He desperately needs to send a signal to the American people that his administration is open for business, that he is prepared to negotiate on a wide range of issues that might enable him to broaden support,” Galston said. He added that after Clinton’s losses in the 1994 midterm elections, his State of the Union speeches were “much more conciliatory. ... He was much more interested in overtly laying out the possibility of common ground.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Trump's State of the Union Aims for a Unifying Tone

    This, I gotta see!

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump heads into his State of the Union address dogged by bruising midterm losses and sinking poll numbers, wounded by a blistering standoff with Democrats. But for the stately speech, he plans to embrace unity — at least for the night.

    “Choosing Greatness” is the official White House theme.

    Addressing the nation at the weakest point of his presidency, Trump will seek to use the ceremonial moment to pitch a unifying vision and reset relations with Democrats. The prime-time presidential set-piece Tuesday night comes amid a bitter border wall fight that nearly derailed the speech altogether, but Trump is not expected to dwell on the rancor.

    “I really think it’s going to be a speech that’s going to cover a lot of territory, but part of it’s going to be unity,” Trump told reporters this week.

    While Trump may strive for a unifying tone for the evening, harsh rhetoric has been a constant of his presidency. Previous efforts by Trump to shift gears have been short-lived and have struck many as disingenuous, given the ferocity with which he often takes on Democrats. Even on Friday, Trump was going after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by name, calling her clueless and her ideas dangerous.

    In his speech, Trump is expected to highlight rare bipartisan accomplishments from last year and push Democrats to work with him on issues of potential agreement, such as infrastructure, drug prices and vocational training. Still, his recent struggles will be on full display as he addresses a room packed with Democrats and with Pelosi sitting right behind him.

    Trump, who loves to build suspense, has teased that he could drop a big announcement in his speech, suggesting Friday he might make news on his threat to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress in his quest to build his long-promised border wall.

    “Well, I’m saying listen closely to the State of the Union. I think you’ll find it very exciting,” he said.

    White House speechwriters and policy staffers have been working for weeks on the address, with the president offering considerable input, scribbling notes in his trademark black Sharpie scrawl on drafts of sections prepared by Stephen Miller and other top speechwriters, according to one White House official who, like some others, was not authorized to publicly discuss the speech and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Trump is expected to address the border, continuing to press his case for the wall, but he is also expected to make a bigger pitch about what he sees as his achievements to date and his plans for the rest of the term, said several people familiar with the planning.

    Officials were quick to caution that the speech remains a work in progress and stressed that Trump will tinker with it until the final moments. A senior administration official said Trump will focus on five main areas: immigration, trade, infrastructure, drug pricing and national security. He will list what he sees as the dangers of illegal immigration and discuss his efforts to revise trade deals, including the updated agreement with Canada and Mexico.

    The president will call on Congress to produce an infrastructure package and support efforts to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs. And he will discuss military efforts around the world, stressing his interest in ending U.S. engagement in foreign wars.

    He’s also expected to discuss the political turmoil in Venezuela and trade negotiations with China.

    One early excerpt of the speech released by the White House: “Together we can break decades of political stalemate; we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make.”

    The administration has also been teasing several other announcements, including on the president’s planned withdrawal from Syria.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Fox News interview that the president would “make a significant announcement, I think in the State of the Union next week, with respect of the status of the caliphate, the real estate, the grounds from which (the Islamic State group) had been operating in Syria.” Trump tweeted Friday: “We will soon have destroyed 100% of the Caliphate, but will be watching them closely.”

    And Trump told reporters he would probably be announcing the details of his upcoming second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the speech.

    Trump is also expected to seize on recent headlines about late-term abortion amid recent scrutiny of the practice and will talk about “respect for human life,” according to the senior administration official.

    Bill Galston, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution and former adviser in the Clinton administration, said Trump should look beyond his political base on Tuesday.

    “He desperately needs to send a signal to the American people that his administration is open for business, that he is prepared to negotiate on a wide range of issues that might enable him to broaden support,” Galston said. He added that after Clinton’s losses in the 1994 midterm elections, his State of the Union speeches were “much more conciliatory. ... He was much more interested in overtly laying out the possibility of common ground.”

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    Given the divisive and chaotic first two years, it will take a good deal more than one speech to cause people to take any olive branches he offers seriously. "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts"


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    He might surprise us by taking out a very sharp knife and cutting off his little finger, Yazuka style, while screaming something about all the lost children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oxmixmudd View Post
    Given the divisive and chaotic first two years, it will take a good deal more than one speech to cause people to take any olive branches he offers seriously. "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts"


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    Quote Originally Posted by oxmixmudd View Post
    Given the divisive and chaotic first two years, it will take a good deal more than one speech to cause people to take any olive branches he offers seriously. "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts"


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    He needs to read the following:

    A fox and a scorpion both need to cross a river.
    The scorpion asks the fox for a ride on its back as it cannot swim.
    The fox refuses saying “no you’ll sting me”.
    The scorpion replies that it wouldn’t, as it would damage the both of them.
    The fox agrees and allows the scorpion to ride on it’s back.
    Half way across the river the scorpion stings the fox.
    As the poison takes effect on the fox and it starts to sink it asks the scorpion, “Why?”
    “Why did you sting me, now we are both going to die?”
    The scorpion replies, “I couldn’t help myself, it’s in my nature”.


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    It doesn't matter what tone Trump tries to set, liberals are going to caterwaul and reject anything he has to say before he even steps up to the podium.

    Case in point:

    Quote Originally Posted by oxmixmudd View Post
    Given the divisive and chaotic first two years, it will take a good deal more than one speech to cause people to take any olive branches he offers seriously. "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts"
    See what I mean?
    Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
    But I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of man
    Than a fool in the eyes of God


    From "Fools Gold" by Petra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    It doesn't matter what tone Trump tries to set, liberals are going to caterwaul and reject anything he has to say before he even steps up to the podium.
    That's not fair. You have no evidence whatsoever that... they would... ever do...


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    Nancy Pelosi has invited two transgender soldiers to the State of the Union tonight

    Democrats are making a powerful statement without anyone uttering a word at the State of the Union address tonight. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will sit on the dias behind Trump; Stacey Abrams, who narrowly missed becoming Georgia’s first black woman governor, will deliver the Dems’ official response. And now White House aspirant Kamala Harris is set to deliver what’s being called a “prebuttal” address live on Facebook before the event.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill the Cat View Post

    And now White House aspirant Kamala Harris is set to deliver what’s being called a “prebuttal” address live on Facebook before the event.
    I wonder who she had to sleep with to arrange for that?



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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    I wonder who she had to sleep with to arrange for that?


    I was hoping T-Bone would be giving it.


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