President Trump will deliver the State of the Union address but the atmosphere may be somewhat awkward.
Democrats from the House, who impeached the president, will be present.
Senators, who will vote soon to remove the president from office, will be present.
One question people are asking is whether President Trump will bring up the topic of impeachment.
From The Hill:
Sitting just behind Trump, and elevated on the House dais during his speech, will be Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who initially resisted impeachment efforts before eventually signing off on them.
Trump and Pelosi haven’t spoken since a contentious White House meeting in October when the two traded insults.
Among those seated in front of the president will be House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and his fellow impeachment managers, as well as Senate Democrats who will vote unsuccessfully to remove Trump from office less than 24 hours after his speech.
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Trump and his team were hoping for acquittal over the weekend, before he delivered his third State of the Union address.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, was forced to punt the final vote until Wednesday afternoon.
But some senators are nonetheless predicting Trump will take an early victory lap during Tuesday’s speech.
“I expect that he’s going to be over the top. I would be surprised if he wasn’t bombastic and self-congratulatory.
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I would be surprised if he didn’t take potshots at the press and Democrats and impeachment managers,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told reporters Monday during a break from the impeachment trial.
“My expectations are so low these days that I’m expecting the worst.”