State of the Union: Five things to watch for in Trump's speech
January 30, 2018 4:14 pm
It is the blockbuster US news event of the week, with an estimated 40 million people preparing to tune in to watch President Donald Trump deliver his first State of the Union address.
The keynote speech will be an opportunity for the president to outline his agenda for the next 12 months, shape political policy and highlight past accomplishments.
“It’s a big speech, an important speech,” Mr Trump said on Monday. But what can we expect?
1. Taking credit
“The economy will be front and centre,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday.
After a turbulent first year in office, President Trump is very likely to start with the positives – his tax reforms that were passed through the Senate at the end of last year. They are the most significant overhaul of the US tax code in a generation, slashing corporate and individual tax rates.
Many expect him to link these reforms with America’s improving economy, roaring stock markets and lowering unemployment rates.
Plans to rebuild some of America’s aging roads and other infrastructure may also get a mention, as well as demands for reciprocal trade with China.
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