State of the Union Might Address Wall Funding and New Summit with North Korea

As Americans all over the country wait for Tuesday night’s State of the Union, President Trump is providing reporters with hints about what he may be talking about during the annual speech. Late last week, President Trump promised bombshell reveals during the address, telling reporters to “listen closely.” Among the possible bombshell reveals media analysts say Trump might announce during the State of the Union are a new summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a wall on the southern border.

Funding for a border wall was the major impetus for last month’s government shutdown. Last month’s shutdown was the longest such shutdown in history, lasting 35 days. President Trump only agreed to a funding package that would keep the government open until February 15. By this time, the president wants funding for a wall on the United States-Mexico border. Democrats in Congress led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer refuse to budge on their stance that a border wall is unnecessary and too expensive. Trump maintains that a border wall is of the utmost necessary for the United States, saying that a wall will impede criminals and drugs from coming into the country. In a recent interview with Face the Nation on CBS, Trump called America’s open border a crisis, hinting that he might declare a national emergency. Should Trump do so, he would not need funding from Congress to build his long-promised border wall. Nevertheless, such a declaration would surely be challenged in the federal courts. In a recent poll, CBS found that 66% of Americans oppose Trump declaring a national emergency to build the wall.

Another major topic President Trump will address during the State of the Union is HIV and AIDS. According to sources in the White House, the president is expected to announce a new effort to end HIV transmissions by 2030. With the support of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield, Trump’s plan will reduce transmissions of the disease by targeting communities with the highest concentrations of HIV infections. While the speech has yet to be finalized, Trump’s announcement on working against HIV is expected to coincide with a new push by the Department of Health and Human Services to raise awareness on the disease. About one million Americans have HIV and there are over 40,000 new cases of the disease each year.

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