With the wind on his back, President Trump is set to issue his 2019 State Of The Union (SOTU) address before the Joint House of Congress on Tuesday at 9:00 pm EST during primetime.

This will be his second address since becoming President and the first time that he will be addressing a House filled by Democrats after they regained control last November in the 2018 midterm elections.

President Trump delivering his first State of the Union on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Credit: REUTERS

Coming at the heels of the government shutdown, this will be the most watched SOTU, not only in the US but worldwide asPresident Trump is expected to lay out his domestic and foreign policy agenda moving forward.

The SOTU address is a bully pulpit that offers the President an opportunity to highlight his successes, outline his foreign and domestic policy agenda as well as speak directly the people.

President Trump is expected to address the issue of border security and the border on the U.S. southern border with Mexico. Above: the ongoing construction of a border wall at the southern border. Credit: Getty Images

In addition, the SOTU address is a powerful platform that offers the President an opportunity to speak directly to Americans from both sides of the political divide on contentious, highly partisan issues of a polarizing nature like immigration, border security and the on-going debate over the funding of the border wall at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

The pomp and pageantry of the occasion is a tradition that Americans hold dear and look forward to, a rare occasion where all three levers of government are all present under one roof.

Despite the blatantly partisan divide in the age of Trump, this is an opportunity for the President to extend the message of reconciliation, unity, building new coalitions, bipartisanship and compromise.

Evelyn Rodriguez (2nd R) was at the SOTU address as a guest of The White House on January 30, 2018. .Live Image capture by Manyika Review

Another symbolic feature of the SOTU are the people invited by the President and The First Lady to the address.  The guest list often says a lot about the theme of the address while and offers a hint of issues to be highlighted during the speech.

Expected today will be 13 people invited by the President and First Lady Melania Trump to attend the SOTU address. Below are some of the people in this year’s White House guest list.

11-year old Joshua Trump from Delaware is a guest of the First Lady Melania Trump. Credit: White House

Joshua Trump (no relation to the President), is an 11-year old  6th-grader from Delaware. He is a victim of constant bullying forced to drop out of school simply for sharing a similar lastname as the First Family – Trump.

Alice Marie Johnson is the  first-time drug offender who served 21-years before her sentence was commuted last June by President Trump after a meeting with Kim Kardashian.  

Alice Marie Johnson was granted clemency by President Trump after serving 20 years for drug trafficking.
Kim Kardashian West with President Trump at The White House on May 30, 2018 days before the commutation of Alice Johnson’s sentence. Credit: The White House

Also present will be three surviving family members of an elderly Reno couple, 81-year old Gerald David and his wife Sharon (80) who were brutally murdered in their home by an illegal alien in January. Debra Bissel, Heather Armstrong and Madison Armstrong are the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of the Davids. 

Daughter Debra Bissel (Centre), granddaughter Heather Armstrong (Left) and great-granddaughter Madison Armstrong (Right) of the Davids. Credit: White House
Gerald David and his wife and Sharon were found murdered in their home in Reno, Nevada on January 16, 2019 by a 19-year old illegal alien. Credit: David Family Courtesy

Ashley Evans, a recovering opioid addict who “struggled with opioid and substance for much of her life,” according to the White House, highlights the Trump Administration’s effort to tackle the endemic opioid crisis and substance abusive problem which have devastated most Americans.

Ashley Evans, an opioid addict survivor is a guest at the State Of The Union (SOTU) address n Tuesday, 5 February, 2019. Credit: White House

Another guest seated in the booth this evening will be the Tom Wibberley, father of 19-year old Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley, killed in a terrorist attack on the USS Cole in October 2000. 

To highlight the Administration’s commitment on tackling human trafficking will be Elvin Hernandez, a special agent with the Trafficking in Persons Unit at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as Roy James, a plant manager at a lumber facility in Mississippi to highlight the successful jobs and tax cut bill.

The President is expected to send a message of healing in the hopes of bringing a divided nation together.

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