Boy bullied for Trump name invited to key speech

06 February, 2019, 02:26 | Author: Sally Reid
  • President Trump: Democrats do nothing to secure border, national emergency still possible

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump have invited 11-year-old Joshua Trump to the State of the Union on February 5, as the first lady's plus one, after the 6th grader was bullied in school for his last name.

Some conservatives and libertarians have been warning that if Trump tries to bypass the federal government's legislative branch (the Senate and the House of Representatives) in order to create a border wall through an executive order, it would set a risky precedent. Yet, a senior administration official told reporters to expect a "traditional" address from a president who is anything but traditional. "Only since Donald Trump became president, they decide to oppose it".

The tradition of the speech traces back to the Constitution, which calls for the president to "from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union".

Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney went over the speech on Monday night with about a dozen supporters including former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, as well as Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, a source familiar with the meeting said.

Trump says he has not ruled out a second shutdown if Democrats don't agree.

Alice Marie Johnson, 63, served more than two decades of a life sentence without parole before Trump commuted her sentence past year.

Before Joshua started middle school, his parents notified the school about his past issues with bullying.

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For Trump and his inner circle, the wall has become the dominant policy concern, to the exclusion of almost all else: As an administration official told The New York Times last month, it has become a one-issue White House.

Trump responded that Schumer was "just upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune". It's still an open question whether Trump caved to Democrats pressure on reopening the government last month because he wanted the SOTU so badly or whether the SOTU is happening because he retreated to avoid public anger. Democrats see little evidence the president is willing to compromise.

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.

Trump didn't seem to be in a new bipartisan mood late Tuesday morning when he tweeted that Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer was "already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn't seen it yet". The state of Trump healthcare: failing American families.

Trump continued to push his wall in a Tuesday morning tweet ahead of his evening remarks, noting that the Pentagon has sent more troops to the United States southern border.

Bullying prevention is a key element of an initiative Mrs. Trump named "Be Best". But the administration doesn't need Nancy Pelosi's permission to carry on with regulatory reform, so look for Trump to lean into that in his speech.

"He also loves animals and hopes to pursue a related career in the future", the White House writes in their official statement.



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