What We’re Following Today
It’s Tuesday, February 5. President Donald Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
What to Expect: Americans don’t need anyone to explain how the country is doing, argues David A. Graham. Instead, tonight’s speech will serve more as a kind of checkup on the president himself, an assessment of his own position after he’s had his first taste of divided government, in the aftermath of the 35-day government shutdown and with another one potentially on the horizon.
During the address, Trump will almost certainly tout the country’s recent economic gains, including the growing manufacturing-jobs numbers. But the president’s record in this area is complex: While manufacturing jobs have increased by 473,000 since his inauguration, they’re still 1.4 million below their pre-recession high, in 2006.
Looking Back: In his 2018 State of the Union address, Trump offered a four-part plan for immigration reform that included securing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and building a wall along the southern border.
Other People to Watch:
— Senator Kamala Harris of California will be giving pre-SOTU remarks on Facebook Live,
— the Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams will deliver the party’s official response
— California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will give the Spanish-language response,
— and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will offer his own response to the address for the third year in a row.