White House Releases Excerpts From Trump’s SOTU Speech

With roughly two hours left until Trump takes the podium for his first official State of the Union address, the White House has released a handful of excerpts from tonight’s speech. Courtesy of Bloomberg reporters Kevin Cirilli and Jennifer Jacobs, here are the highlights:

  • “All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family,” Trump will say, in one of several planned appeals for bipartisan support of his agenda
    • “I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties–Democrats and Republicans–to protect our citizens, of every background, color, and creed
    • “I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.”
  • Trump will praise American energy and the return of coal: “We have ENDED the war on American Energy – and we have ENDED the War on CLEAN COAL.  We are now an exporter of energy to the world.”
  • The president will take credit for wiping out ISIS: “Last year I pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the earth. One year later, I’m proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria.  But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.”
  • He will push for more infrastructure spending: “I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.”
  • He will praise recently enacted tax law and reductions in regulations on his watch: “Just as I promised the American People from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history.”
  • Trump will also say the U.S. has “finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals”
  • The president will cast the U.S. as a “nation of builders” hamstrung by regulations on infrastructure; “I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve”
  • Trump will say Americans “deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.”
  • He will warn about lessons from the Obama administration: “past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of the past Administrations that got us into this dangerous position.”

And here is what Trump will not say:

  • Trump won’t announce plans to extend protections against deportation for young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, according to an administration official.
  • Trump is also said not to reference Russian interference in the 2016 election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, or a House Republican memo criticizing FBI, according to another person familiar with his plans.

Watch the full thing at 9pm.