Trump wants to deliver State of Union next week as planned

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  • Light and Truth Windermere, FL
    Jan. 24, 2019 12:48 p.m.

    Pelosi and Schumer don't want to face the Angel Families they have mocked, insulted and derided.

    Walls work. The media is extremely biased, as shown by the Buzzfeed and Covington Catholic incidents. They don't want to report that Pelosi and Mitt have walls around their mansions.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 8:15 a.m.

    To "Frozen Fractals" but measuring success in the Senate by counting the number of individual votes does not really paint an adequate picture because some states have few people, and even if they had 100% vote for a particular candidate they would not equal 50% of the voters in another state. The comparison of the number of seats won/lost is the better comparison because it equalizes large and small states.

    To "SMcloud" what about the Democrats. Name the Democrats that have enough backbone to stand up to Pelosi.

    To "Utah Girl Chronicles" you forgot that following the State of the Union you get the Democrat falsehoods trying to dismantle what the President has stated.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 7:12 a.m.

    Huge campaign rally in a deep red state instead. He will spoil and create a lot of alleged facts on the crisis on the border wall he and the Republican congress failed to address.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 9:47 p.m.

    Trump can give a televised speech if he feels like it. It won't be a State of the Union address to Congress.

    Trump doesn't seem to understand that Congress isn't his to control. He can't just barge in and give his address and expect to get waves of applause. The House of Representatives is under Democratic control, and that means the invitation is Speaker Pelosi's to extend--or to rescind.

    Without an invitation, Trump looks like the sort of boor who invites himself over to someone else's house. Sometimes appearances mirror underlying truths.

  • Eric P Boise, ID
    Jan. 23, 2019 6:28 p.m.

    Good. I hope the speech is delivered from the oval office so that the speech can be delivered uninterrupted by incessant applause. It is time we change the State of the Union by allowing the speech to be addressed to the people and not be a forum for Congress to turn it into a circus.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 5:10 p.m.


    Point where in the US Constitution it says that Congress has more power than the president! It never says that. It outlines specific powers for each branch; none has any more than another, but very carefully crafted so that each branch must rely on the other branches, while keeping their powers in check so that no one branch can usurp all the power.

    Again, you said that the President can't require that Congress convenes. Yet, I quoted the US Constitution right where it says that yes he can require that it convenes. And, further that happens to be in the very same sentence that specifies that the President's duty is to go before Congress and give a statement (doesn't say the manner of which the communication must be, but speech is certainly the norm these days) about the State of the Union and specific things that the President believes that Congress needs to work on.

    It is very much his duty; and if Congress decided to block him from doing his Constitutional duty; they would violate the very Constitution they swore to protect. I suggest you read the Constitution again.

    Jan. 23, 2019 5:02 p.m.

    Re" Thid

    "Answer: Far less than any other mid-term in American history! Not much to gloat about is it?"

    A win is a win! Then again a 37% Approval rating isn't much to gloat about either, is it?

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 4:44 p.m.

    Prelax What has that have to do with the 5-6 Billion check they are supposed to pay?

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 3:50 p.m.

    Rather than listen to a 45 minute State of the Union Trump speech, it's better to just imagine Trump gloating about Trump, bragging about Trump, and lying about Trump, with plenty of built-in breaks for standing ovations.

  • Yankee12 Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 2:22 p.m.

    Let them have it Trump! America loves what you are doing and we all know that what the Fake news reports represents a very small percentage of Americans. We love you and are eager to hear from you, not only on the 29th, but for six more years! Build that wall and crime will fall!

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Jan. 23, 2019 2:10 p.m.

    I couldn't care less. This is why I have DirecTV and NetFlix. Not interested in any narcissistic babble.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 2:06 p.m.

    "Unless the SCOTUS has already ruled on the constitutionality of the Congress's "permission granting"; the way I see it the President not only could walk in any time and pick up the microphone and deliver his address; but he could even require that they convene just for that purpose if they try to shut him down."

    Doesn't matter how you see it, the President can't walk in at any time. Congress has more power than the executive Branch. That's what the Constitution says and why it was written that way. However, Congress members just can't walk into the oval office or Trump's taxpayer funded West Wing offices or residence, and demand an audience. Trump also can't require Congress to convene. What you are describing is a King, not a US President. And, while Trump may not understand it, he was elected President, not King.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:51 p.m.


    Mexico is housing thousands of migrants for the US, until our system can catch up to the flood.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:43 p.m.

    A great post I read today "We cannot build a wall when the one that exists between the Democrats & the Republicans needs to be torn down. Mr. President, Madam Speaker Pelosi tear down that wall and unite this great Country! God's word tells us a house divided against itself will not stand. "

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:20 p.m.

    State of Union speeches are not a constitutional requirement (the president could simply produce a report), speeches are a relatively new tradition

    However, Pelosi pettiness deserves to be confronted.

    Even though I was not a Trump supporter, the illiberal intolerant left constantly provides me with reasons to be one.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:12 p.m.

    @Lib on Planet Zion
    Your condemnation of blind loyalty - while exhibiting a very flower version of bind hate; says more about your brand of "lib" , than it does for the object of your scorn

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:47 p.m.

    "Mexico will pay a one time payment of 5 to 6 billion dollars" Donald Trump. Stop trying to weasel out of what he promised.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    @Impartial7 Re: "The president cannot speak in front of a joint session of Congress without both chambers' explicit permission."

    Such a resolution is just part of the pomp and circumstance of the day. The Constitution does not grant Congress the authority to keep the President from performing his duty. The Constitution clearly outlines it is the President's duty: "He [the President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them..."

    Unless the SCOTUS has already ruled on the constitutionality of the Congress's "permission granting"; the way I see it the President not only could walk in any time and pick up the microphone and deliver his address; but he could even require that they convene just for that purpose if they try to shut him down. Now what does "from time to time mean" -- tradition has it annually; could be more often, or even less often, I doubt the SCOTUS would keep the president from doing it unless he tried to do it so often it became disruptive.

  • ~ Angel ~ McKinney, TX
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:58 a.m.

    I hope that Trump will invite Angel Families to the State of the Union. Before he came along, they were universally ignored.

    Will all the people giving free loans, free food, and free entertainment to government workers (who will get back pay) give the same to the Angel families who will never get back what they lost?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:10 a.m.

    Scary! If anything happens to Trump and Pence. Nancy becomes president.

    No borders and equality through poverty.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:36 a.m.

    Donald can give a speech, just not at the House of Representatives. Proceed all you want, Donald, but until the Speaker says OK, you ain't doing it before Congress. It won't look good for you.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:24 a.m.

    The Donald should do a rally. That is all he know how to do. He loves the chaos and attention caused by his shutdown.

  • TeachyMcTeacherPants Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:02 a.m.

    Donald Trump is acting badly because he isn't getting what he wants.

    The border wall really isn't that important. We need border security, but building a literal wall is not realistic.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:06 a.m.

    Nancy's job is to be a counterbalance of power. That is literally her job.

    And in spite of lots of Trump's strange dealings with Russia, no one on the Republican side seems to have the stomach to stand up to him.

    As childish as this standoff is, I'm glad it's happening. Someone needs to stand up to the president.

  • water rocket , 00
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:01 a.m.

    Trump may have his deficiencies, but remember that before Trump there was Nancy Pelosi doing the partisan politics thing that we all abhor. She is a bigger problem in Washington than Trump is, and that is saying quite a lot!

  • prelax Murray, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:43 a.m.

    Defying Pelosi? Since when does a President need permission to give a State of the Union address.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 11:42 p.m.

    Not a Trump fan but why shouldn't he give a State of the Union Addres? Every other president has regardless of party. Let him give it and let Pelosi and others give a response.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 11:36 p.m.

    Everyone has to compromise. Put a wall or barrier where it makes sense to. Beef up security and technology at the border entrys where most of the drugs and some human trafficking are coming in. Beef up the Coast Guard to address drugs and human trafficking coming through our seaports. Beef up technological monitoring of the border. Beef up Rio Grand seaway monitoring. Hire more border agents. Crack down on the close to one million people with overstayed visas.

    So many things that can be done that will require compromise on both sides. It can be done if they have the will and are listening to the American people regarding the shutdown.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 11:10 p.m.

    @thid barker
    "There are several ways Mexico will pay for the wall"

    Numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 all require paying for the wall with money that would have otherwise gone into the Federal coffers. In other words, every one of those supposed 'funding sources' comes from US taxpayers...not from Mexico.

    Number 3 is patently false. Building a wall does nothing to deport the illegals already in the US, nor any of the costs associated with those illegals.

    Number 5 is blatant theft.

    Trump campaigned on Mexico paying for the wall. Trump is on the record begging Mexican President Nieto to pay for the wall. Here's a quote:

    "But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall – I have to. I have been talking about it for a two year period" - Donald Trump January 27, 2017

    The only way Mexico pays for the wall is if Mexico writes a check, or sends cash directly. All other methods take the money from US taxpayers, directly or indirectly.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 10:03 p.m.

    @Thid Barker
    "When in American history did the opposition party do so very poorly in any midterm? "

    Democrats won the popular vote for the House by an 8.6% margin in 2018. So in terms of the house... 2014 where the GOP won by 5.7%. Or did you mean the first midterm after a new president? Because then we have to go all the way back to 2010 when the GOP only won by 6.8%. Seat count gains even with a larger percentage win get reduced when gerrymandering makes the map harder.

    As for the Senate, where gerrymandering is obviously not a factor, that map (specifically the third of seats that were up this go around) was incredibly tough to defend/expand for Democrats. 25 seats were held by Democrats (and Dem-aligned independents) and only 8 by Republicans. There was only 1 seat held by a Senate Republican that Hillary had won (Nevada) vs 10 seats held by a Senate Democrat that Trump won (FL ND IN MO MT WI WV MI OH PA) so Democrats had to defend way more turf and had minimal opportunities to expand. Democrats defended 6 of their 10, and won the 1 plus an extra (AZ).

    Context is important. Eh, ignore it, more fun if you learn it in 2020.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 9:46 p.m.


    I am not gloating but merely stating that a loss is a loss. If the house stays republican that shows voters like trump but it didnt.

    And to your point republicans will not be able to pass laws either. I wish they could work together but I have seen children behave more responsible.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    Jan. 22, 2019 9:27 p.m.

    Thid, you falsified information on the amount of viewers who watched Trumps State of the Union vs. how many watched President Obama's.

    There was over 2.5 million more viewers for President Obama's State of the Union. Facts matter!

    Can't keep falsifying things, and then having no one stand up to those falsehoods. That is what Trump has done for far too long.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 22, 2019 8:25 p.m.

    Shaun: During Obama's last midterm, Democrats lost 69 Congress seats (6 Senate and 63 House seats)! During President Trump's midterm he GAINED Senate seats and only lost 41 House seats! When in American history did the opposition party do so very poorly in any midterm? Your Democrat majority in the House will never pass one law because the Senate will vote it down and even if the Senate passes it, President Trump will not sign it! So what did the Democrats really gain? Answer: Far less than any other mid-term in American history! Not much to gloat about is it?

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 6:47 p.m.


    You are only good as your last at bat and trump lost the house.

    I never watch the sotu because it is a puff piece. Trump can promise all he wants but he has zero authority to create legislation.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 6:34 p.m.

    Take that, Nancy!!

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 6:06 p.m.

    Trump can make the SOTU broadcast from almost anywhere he deems proper; and send the written message to Congress, House and Senate. As long as we get the word, I'm not particular about the location. What, me worry ? Why?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 4:37 p.m.

    Let's just cut to the chase and clear the air. This shutdown is over 5.7 billion dollars for a wall that the Republican Congress never voted on the past two year but now is demanded by Trump and Senator McConnell. A shutdown that the President said he would own and is being defended by Senator McConnell and senate rules. Trump and McConnell want Americans to blame Democrats for something they created, over an issue that does not have public support, and is hurting millions. We all know Democrats and Republicans throw 5 billion dollars away on things a lot more stupid than a wall. But in this case, one can certainly see why Democrats won't. It really is a the Seinfeld shut down. A shut down over nothing.

  • 1Puukko , 00
    Jan. 22, 2019 4:21 p.m.

    Who cares what Pelosi wants? We want to hear President Trump.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 22, 2019 2:53 p.m.

    There are several ways Mexico will pay for the wall:
    #1: Increased income to America from revised trade deals with Mexico.
    #2: Decreased foreign aid to Mexico.
    #3: Vast reduction of costs to American taxpayers from supporting illegal immigrants ( $billions saved are billions earned).
    #4: Billions saved from less narcotics flowing across our Southern border.
    #5: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages.
    #6: increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issued about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays).
    #7: increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico.
    #8: Increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them).
    America can not afford not to build the wall!

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 22, 2019 2:21 p.m.


    Why the sudden need for a wall? Did something happen on the border the fake news is keeping from us? Why wasn't this a crisis for the last two years?

    Finally when is Mexico writing the check that the President promised.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 22, 2019 2:20 p.m.

    Reports indicate that viewership of President Donald Trump's last State of the Union speech was up 19% over Obama's final State of the Union speech. More Americans support President Trump than supported Barack! That's why he won the election! This in spite of fake news and all the hate spewed by the left who always vastly underestimates his supporters! We stand by our President because he stands by us! God bless President Trump, the best President in 50 years!

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 2:02 p.m.

    I’ll skip this speech, thank you. I am already so embarrassed by this “so-called” president, I’ll watch a re-run of Jeopardy instead.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 1:01 p.m.

    "The president cannot speak in front of a joint session of Congress without both chambers' explicit permission. A resolution agreed to by both chambers specifies the date and time of a joint session of the House and the Senate for receiving an address from the president."

    Exactly. Not that rules and protocol mean anything to Trump. If he forces his way into the Capitol
    floor, watch for a huge walkout. If he doesn't open the government by then, look for him to hold another MAGA rally for his base.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 22, 2019 12:51 p.m.

    What America will hear from President Trump's State of the Union speech are solutions to America's problems! What you will hear from the Democrat's response to the State of the Union speech is complaints about President Trump and no solutions! Its easy to complain, but solving problems isn't! Complaining is an excuse for not having any solutions! Tune in and see the difference for yourself!

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 12:41 p.m.

    Good for you Trump the state of the union is in the right direction and the only thing we are really lacking is a wall at the mexican border. Pelosi can stew in her hatred of america and lose this round.