Yet, a senior administration official told reporters to expect a "traditional" address from a president who is anything but traditional. "The state of the Trump administration is embroiled in chaos and incompetence". That part of the address also will include the president making a claim sure to put GOP members on their feet applauding and cause Democrats to sink into their seats.
He also will make another pitch for his proposed southern border wall. Or he could shut the government down again if Democrats refuse to negotiate.
Earlier this week, Trump sent out another tweet on the subject.
"What we'd like to do is, do it in the appropriation process", Shelby said on CNN's "State of the Union". She made her first public appearance since the surgery on Monday at a concert given by her daughter-in-law in Washington, D.C. Ginsburg did not attend Trump's speech previous year, either. "They're going to need to decide if they're serious about that, as well".
Pelosi will be seated directly behind Trump throughout the speech, in the television frame with a camera ready to capture her reaction to every Trump utterance. Her requests for clemency had been rejected by President Barack Obama, who during eight years in office commuted the sentences of hundreds of federal inmates convicted of drug crimes.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were skeptical ahead of Trump's televised address.
President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning and slammed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The counter-puncher in chief charged Schumer with being "upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would".
Other guests will represent Trump's opposition to illegal immigration, his push to halt human trafficking across the U.S. -Mexico border, efforts to stem the deadly opioid addiction epidemic and his economic policies.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., one of the members of the conference committee, said border patrol professionals will be called in this week to talk about the needs. And when it comes to the president's requested $5.7 billion in border wall funding, he's hit a brick wall of naysayers. But 60 percent of voters still oppose major new wall construction, according to a Gallup poll released Monday-up from 57 percent last June. "They've been doing it for decades", she said. In short, the government might have re-opened, but little has changed. So the reality TV fake-out is all Trump has left. Tonight, Trump's speech will reflect the fact that he has to work with a Democrat-controlled House under Pelosi's leadership whether he likes it or not.
He didn't rule out the possibility of a new shutdown or the declaration of a national emergency on February 15, 2019.
Donald Trump's second State of the Union promises to be one of the most dramatic moments in recent memory for the annual address to Congress.
But the circumstances around Tuesday night's remarks are unusual.