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The 5 Issues Trump Will Spend the Most Time on in His State of the Union Address

The president is likely to hone in on five key issues. On two, he'll claim significant progress in 2017. On three, he'll preview more action.

By NTK Staff | 01.30.2018 @3:00pm
The 5 Issues Trump Will Spend the Most Time on in His State of the Union Address

President Trump is closing in on his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and many are wondering what exactly the president will say when he speaks before hundreds in person and millions of Americans on television.

The president’s recent tweets and remarks, as well as some on-air previews from members of his White House team, offer some clues as to what issues Trump will address when he speaks from the chamber of the House of Representatives for the second time since taking office.

Here are the five issues President Trump will spend the most time on this Tuesday night.

THE ECONOMY

Trump has regularly promoted America’s economic growth on his watch, including in one of his most recent tweets:

Expect the president to talk about how he thinks tax cuts and deregulations are helping the American economy.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Long considered President Trump’s next big legislative initiative (after tax cuts), infrastructure will be a big feature of Tuesday night, according to White House economic adviser Gary Cohn.

“He’s going to talk about a trillion and a half dollars of investment, but more importantly, he’s going to talk about streamlining the approval process on infrastructure,” Cohn [told CNBC]. “Right now, we have an infrastructure approval process that takes seven to 10 years to build relatively simple roads. We need to streamline that to less than two years.”

IMMIGRATION

With the end looming for Obama-era protections for young, undocumented immigrants known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), expect Trump to plug his fig leave to Democrats, which would offer a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million people here illegally.

TRADE

Trade is a long-time fixture for Donald Trump, and he addressed the issue in his recent address to the World Economic Forum in Davos:

We will enforce our trade laws and restore integrity to our trading system. Only by insisting on fair and reciprocal trade can we create a system that works not just for the U.S. but for all nations.

As I have said, the United States is prepared to negotiate mutually beneficial, bilateral trade agreements with all countries.

THE MILITARY

Expect President Trump to tout U.S. gains in the war against ISIS under his watch. Trump is also expected to call for more investment in the military, because he recently said “[w]e’re going to have a military like we’ve never had before.”

Democrats have insisted on parity in increases to defense and non-defense spending, but Trump wants to boost defense spending by higher totals than non-defense spending.

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