The White House released excerpts of the address shortly before it began on Tuesday evening. Trump will say that “the time for trivial fights is behind us.”
Trump previewed his message during an interview with Fox News on Tuesday morning. The President is expected to deliver an optimistic and forward-looking speech that’s big on ideas but short on how things will actually get done. Trump’s speech comes shortly before the official release of his first budget, which will reportedly include a proposal for a $54 billion increase in defense spending.
Congressional Democrats are ready to counter-program the President, with some planning to bring guests from immigrant communities and other groups that have felt marginalized by Trump’s initial weeks in office.
Trump is scheduled to speak at 9 p.m. E.T. You can watch it live above.