Eastern time before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump is expected to tout his administration's economic achievements, give more details on his immigration proposal and possibly roll out a new infrastructure plan during the speech. The president's Twitter feed regularly features typos, misplaced punctuation and misspelled words, and releases from the White House have followed suit. The former reality TV star can summon a performance to rival that of Martin Sheen as the aspirational President Jed Bartlet on "The West Wing" when he chooses.
Mercieca says Trump's tendency to call out adversaries would be out of place in a typical State of the Union speech, but he could choose to employ the kind of rhetoric an embattled Richard Nixon used in 1974, when investigations into Watergate were at their height. Ahead of the Republican National Convention in 2016, the Trump campaign encouraged donations with the promise to display the names of donors on the Jumbotron."Hurry, it's the final day of the Convention and your last chance for Trump to see you are BIG LEAGUE and have your name on the Jumbotron", Trump's campaign website said at the time.More news: Kim Kardashian West has traded insults with Lindsay Lohan over her cornrows
"Its so easy to act presidential, but thats not going to get it done", Trump said at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in July.
Here's five things to watch in tonight's speech.
At least 11 Democrats in the House of Representatives, mostly members of Congressional Black Caucus, have said they do not plan to attend.
Against the backdrop of the spending fight, Republicans and Democrats are also wrestling with the future of some 700,000 young immigrants living in the United States illegally. Trump himself has been accused of assault or harassment by more than a dozen women, accusations he has denied. "Instead, like I did during his inauguration, I'll be working at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the Union!"More news: Officer Who Pushed False Hawaii Missile Alert Believed It Was Real
The president's address to Congress a year ago took an emotional turn when he introduced the widow of a Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen. A handful of lawmakers are planning to boycott the president's remarks.
His joint address to Congress past year was watched by 47.7 million people, according to Nielsen, which means it had 16.4 million more viewers than President Obama's last State of the Union address in 2016. The plan - which proposes giving 1.8 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion for his long-promised border wall and a host of strict immigration reforms - has been met with fervent opposition from Democrats and Republicans alike.
"'State of the Uniom' pretty sums up this presidency", someone wrote.
But within days, Trumps unifying message was a distant memory.More news: Ireland to hold abortion vote in May
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