Trump also will address foreign policy, including support for an effort to coax Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro into leaving power, declaring the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group all but defeated, and perhaps announcing where he will next meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
He has hinted that he may make news - a national emergency declaration on the US southern border, a proposal on drug prices or on AIDS, or dates and locations for summits with the leaders of China and North Korea.
The opposition party made it clear that there would be no compromise in 2018 by staying seated during parts of the speech that would have prompted bipartisan applause if they came from nearly any other president. Even if Trump reads an inspiring SOTU off the teleprompter and stays on message, what comes after is the real deal, as both Republicans and Democrats have seen in the last two years of the Trump presidency. The move is opposed even by some lawmakers in Trump's party and would enrage Democrats, who have promised to fight the president in court if it happens.
Donald Trump is "as committed today as he's ever been to border security", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN this morning. But given that it's an issue where Trump now holds a comparatively weak hand, he'll be best served by getting through it quickly and focusing on his administration's greatest concrete success: the strong US economy.
President Donald Trump refused to rule out another shutdown but also signaled that he could declare a national emergency to reallocate resources to fund a wall along the southern border.
Last week the economy posted enormous job growth of more than 300,000 new openings.
Trump and his wife returned to the White House together after the speech. And the administration's ongoing trade dispute with China continues to cause major damage in certain sectors, especially agriculture. But Trump has never shown an interest in doing that. That's become even more hard as all the Trump scandals continue to metastasize, with federal prosecutors sending out another flurry of subpoenas this week, this time looking into possible grift and money laundering around Trump's inauguration.
"Washington right now looks a little bit petty and a little bit small and the State of the Union is an opportunity to go big and talk in broad themes about what's good about America and look beyond some of the issues of the last few weeks", he said.
A woman freed from federal prison after U.S. President Donald Trump cut short her life sentence for drug offences and a DE boy allegedly bullied because his last name is Trump headline a varied group of 13 guests who will sit with first lady Melania Trump for the State of the Union address.
Alice Marie Johnson, 63, served more than two decades of a life sentence without parole before Mr Trump commuted her sentence a year ago.
Elvin Hernandez specializes in transnational human trafficking, a favorite topic of Trump, who frequently (and without evidence) brings up stories of women bound and gagged at the border. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy it while it lasts.