Donald Trump will make his first speech to both houses of Congress Tuesday, and is likely to take the chance to lay out his plans for the next four years of his presidency.
The speech will take place at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The address isn’t quite Trump’s first State of the Union, seeing as he’s only been in office a little more than a month. It’s much more likely to be a forward-looking speech, rather than a rundown of the last month.
PBS Newshour will stream the speech live on Twitter. You can catch its coverage of the address here.
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) February 26, 2017
“The theme will be the renewal of the American spirit,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, according to a USA Today report. “The address will particularly focus on public safety including defense, increased border security, taking care of veterans, and then economic opportunity including education, job training, healthcare reform, jobs and tax and regulatory reform.”
Trump also seems likely to use his address of the joint session of Congress to continue to defend the executive order he issued banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The ban has been widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, and drawn voters to protest across the country. It was even protested during the 2017 Academy Awards. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi boycotted the Oscars because of the ban. He wrote a statement that was read when his movie “The Salesman” won Best Foreign Language Film that harshly called out the travel ban as inhuman and deceitful.
After a tumultuous first month in office, it seems likely that Trump will also use the address as a chance to lay out big plans and reframe the discussion about his presidency. PBS Newshour reported that, in a meeting with governors from across the country Monday, Trump said the address will include a “big statement” on a plan to rebuild American infrastructure. Trump has spoken about an infrastructure plan since before his election, promising to spend $1 trillion to rebuild roads and bridges throughout the country.