Opinion: Expect the president to focus on the economy, infrastructure during SOTU
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Trump is delivering his first State of the Union address on Tuesday. In doing that, he will be following both the Constitution and long-standing tradition.
Article II of our Constitution calls for the president to "from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union."
President George Washington started the tradition of giving the address every year. He also started the practice of doing so in person.
However, for over 100 years the State of the Union was not the highly expected speech it is today. From President Thomas Jefferson in 1801 to President William Taft’s last State of the Union in 1912, the message was delivered in writing. That doesn’t sound like much fun.
President Woodrow Wilson restarted the practice of making an annual speech in front of a joint session of Congress in 1913. The practice has largely stuck ever since.
Let's take a look ahead to Tuesday.
I expect for this State of the Union to be positive and entertaining. The president will be speaking to Congress and, even more importantly, to tens of millions of Americans watching. He will discuss the successes of his first year in office. Deregulation, tax reform, trade and fighting ISIS should all be addressed.
The president will then look forward and push for sweeping infrastructure reform. That is an effort on which there is real hope for bipartisanship.
Here is the bottom line: the State of the Union address marks a significant milestone in Donald Trump's presidency. Expect for the president to declare that the state of our union is strong, both in terms of the economy and national security.