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Trump shouldn't declare emergency to build border wall

Trump shouldn't declare emergency to build border wall

Trump is scheduled speak before a joint session of the 116th Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives to deliver the 2019 State of the Union address at 9 pm EST on 5 February - that's 7:30 am IST on 6 February. Even if Trump reads an inspiring SOTU off the teleprompter and stays on message, what comes after is the real deal, as both Republicans and Democrats have seen in the last two years of the Trump presidency. If you watch, here's what to watch for.

"I don't take anything off the table", Trump said in the interview. His administration already made some moves in this direction during the shutdown, slashing their target wall funding amount-and even backing away from the notion of a mammoth concrete wall in favor of more traditional bollard-style barriers-and offering new short-term protections for former recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The White House says it will focus on multiple issues, including immigration. But 60 percent of voters still oppose major new wall construction, according to a Gallup poll released Monday-up from 57 percent last June.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who won plaudits from Democrats for her hardline negotiating tactics during the shutdown, will be seated behind the president - a visual reminder of Trump's political opposition and the coming tide of Democratic challengers in 2020.

A number of Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have warned Trump that a national emergency declaration is a bad idea. Mr Schumer also attacked President Trump for an attempt to "sabotage" Obamacare and alleged he had alienated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Teasing a dramatic announcement is the only thing that might get large numbers of people to tune in to a speech they know will be poorly written, racist and full of lies.

Trump has appeared to care deeply about his approval rating, and reportedly spends hours at the start of each day watching television, reading news reports and calling his advisers, aides, members of Congress and friends about the coverage.

Intel: Why Trump's Iran policy is sparking Iraqi outrage
He also said the U.S. isn't really leaving because they will maintain the base in Iraq - "a fantastic edifice". Iraq is in a hard position as tensions between its two biggest allies, the United States and Iran, increase.

Last week the economy posted enormous job growth of more than 300,000 new openings.

There's good reason to believe the speech, like so many others apparently penned by his main speechwriter Stephen Miller, will be a series of empty clichés paired with lurid and possibly pornographic descriptions of violence committed by the dark-skinned immigrants who haunt Trump's imagination. Consumer confidence took a hit last month during the protracted shutdown. But Trump has never shown an interest in doing that.

USA officials say the Islamic State group now controls less than 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) of territory in Syria, an area smaller than New York's Central Park.

Elvin Hernandez specializes in transnational human trafficking, a favorite topic of Trump, who frequently (and without evidence) brings up stories of women bound and gagged at the border.

Joshua Trump, 11, a sixth grader will be a guest at the President's State of the Union speech.

Alice Marie Johnson, 63, served more than two decades of a life sentence without parole before Trump commuted her sentence a year ago. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy it while it lasts.


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