Donald Trump will deliver his third State of the Union address before Congress and the nation on Tuesday evening in the House chamber, and it's expected he will ignore the elephant in the room – impeachment.
Trump is expected to declare that the state of the union is strong, as the two political parties remain bitterly divided on if he should win a second term and the vote on whether to acquit or convict the president in the impeachment trial will take place in the Senate the day after the annual address.
But instead of focusing on impeachment – which has monopolized Washington's attention since the investigation was launched in September – the president will spend his hours-long remarks focusing on the 'wins' of his administration while staring down those who want to see him removed from office.
'I've read through the speech and I haven't seen the word impeachment,' White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Tuesday.
He added while speaking to reporters at the White House hours ahead of the address: 'He's in a great mood, he's ready to talk to the American people.'
A senior administration official revealed ahead of the address during a background briefing Friday that the theme of the State of the Union is 'The Great American Comeback.'
Donald Trump will deliver his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, where the president is expected to declare the state of the U.S. is 'strong'
The declaration will come as the nation and parties remain bitterly divided over impeachment. Pictured are the seven House impeachment managers prosecuting him in the Senate trial (from left to right: Hakeem Jeffries, Jerry Nadler, Val Demings, Adam Schiff, Sylvia Garcia, Zoe Lofgren, Jason Crow)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will sit behind the president for the full remarks, launched the impeachment inquiry in September, and has made it clear her party's prerogative is to remove him from office before the end of his first term
The official added that the president would focus on presenting his vision of 'relentless optimism' and will encourage bipartisan cooperation in Congress to build an 'inclusive economy.'
Trump will focus on five different issues or points, the official previewed: the 'blue-collar boom,' supporting working families, lowering healthcare costs, continuing to reform the immigration system and more broadly protecting U.S. national security.
The official also previewed that Trump would focus on five different issues or points: the 'blue-collar boom,' supporting working families, lowering healthcare costs, continuing to reform the immigration system and more broadly protecting U.S. national security.
The official said he didn't want to 'get ahead of what the president will say' during his speech, but also claimed it isn't 'safe to assume anything' about the address.
'I'm not previewing what the President is going to say about that today,' the official told reporters. 'Clearly there's a lot going on, but I'm not going to preview.'
Keeping his focus on the economy could prove to be a winning point for Trump.
A new Morning Consult poll released Tuesday morning shows that the Majority of Americans say the economy is their top issue going into the 2020 election.
In the open-response question to 4,400 Americans, 28 per cent said economic issues are the biggest contributing factor to how they will vote at the ballot box in November.
A senior official revealed Trump will focus largely on the booming economy and job growth – a winning issue according to a new poll that shows the majority of voters feel the economy is the biggest issue going into 2020
Eighteen per cent of respondents said their biggest issue in the elections was national security, 15 per cent said health care issues, 10 per cent said senior issues and 9 per cent said partisanship.
Out of the 20 different responses, the rest all had 5 per cent or less – including environment, immigration, education and guns.
Five per cent of respondents said 'nothing' is their main focus and 2 per cent said 'everything.'
'This will be the first time the President has done one of these while there are people in the Chamber who are wanting to replace him as President,' another reporter pushed. 'How does the President feel about that? Will he mention any of those people or allude to them in any way?'
'I won't preview if he's going to call anybody out because I – but I think the President will be entirely comfortable with that,' the official claimed. 'I think – yeah, I'll just – I'll