President Trump Delivers the State of the Union Address

The 2019 State of the Union Address is scheduled to be given by the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives. It will be addressed to the 116th United States Congress. It will be Trump’s second State of the Union Address and his third speech to a joint session of the United States Congress. The Democratic Response will be given by 2018 gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams of Georgia and the Spanish-language response will be given by California Attorney General and former U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra.

The address was originally scheduled to be given on January 29, 2019. On January 16, as a result of the 2018–19 federal government shutdown, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi postponed the address until an undetermined date. The United States Congress must approve a joint session to welcome the President to the House floor to deliver his address. Pelosi wrote to Trump on January 23, 2019, that a House resolution authorizing the speech in the House chamber would not be considered until the partial government shutdown had ended. The shutdown then temporarily ended 2 days later, on January 25 allowing three weeks for Congress to negotiate and potentially pass a new funding bill. If Congress fails to pass a bill by that deadline, the government shutdown may resume.