As President Donald Trump prepares to deliver the annual State of the Union address Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, local Republican leadership hopes to hear about the direction the nation is headed.
The Washington Post reported that aides to the president expected Trump to call for bipartisan cooperation in the third State of the Union address of his presidency.
He’s expected to reiterate his commitment to toughening immigration enforcement as well as confronting China with regard to trade and dealing with unrest in Venezuela, the Post reported.
Local Republican leader Chris McNamara said he hoped the president would highlight “the positive direction our nation is headed in.”
“President Trump made a lot of promises during his campaign and he has been relentless in keeping his word to the American people,” McNamara said. “I hope he discusses how the millions of new jobs, economic growth, low unemployment, increased median household income, lower taxes and reduced regulations make our country better for everyone.”
McNamara is chairman of the Cooke County Republican Party. His Democratic counterpart, county chairman John Angus, said he didn’t believe the president would address issues with solutions he was interested in.
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“I know he’s not going to address what I really want him to address,” Angus said, naming topics like comprehensive immigration reform and reducing pharmaceutical costs. He added he didn’t believe the speech would impact local voters much. “I think the only impact we might hear is if he goes into depth on his border wall, because that is such a contentious thing in Texas at this moment.”
Trump is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address at 8 p.m. Central time Tuesday. The speech is to be carried on all major TV news networks and cable channels. It will also be live-streamed on the White House’s website.