Only a day before delivering his State of the Union speech President Donald Trump is building anticipation around the long-awaited address but is also deepening the immigration divide already existing in the country.
Namely, on Sunday evening, Trump took to Twitter to warn of the large groups of immigrants headed toward the U.S. border and stress the need for strong border security.
“With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security,” he tweeted. “Dems do nothing. If there is no Wall, there is no Security. Human Trafficking, Drugs and Criminals of all dimensions – KEEP OUT!”
Meanwhile, President Trump also built on the anticipation regarding the announcements he might make during his address. He suggested that issues concerning the second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and the declaring of national emergency would be addressed in his speech on Tuesday.
Last week, Trump confirmed his second summit with Kim would take place at the end of this month, signaling that any details surrounding it would be elaborated on during the SOTU speech.
On Friday, President Trump also declined to comment on whether he would declare a national emergency to secure funding for his desired border wall.
“I don’t want to say,” Trump told reporters. “But you’ll hear the State of the Union and then you’ll see what happens right after the State of the Union, OK?”
According to a senior administration official, Trump will call on Congress to find bipartisan consensus on a number of key issues, including immigration, trade, lowering health care costs and infrastructure.
“Together we can break decades of political stalemate, we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make,” Trump will say Tuesday, according to the official who read the quote aloud.
Democrats were skeptical that the President was able to do so, citing his fickle nature and the fact that he “caused the longest government shutdown in American history over a wall.”