PREVIEW: Donald Trump Speaks to Congress. What Will He Say? (VIDEO)

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. President Trump incorrectly claimed in a television interview that two people were shot and killed in Chicago during then-President Barack Obama's farewell speech. Chicago police records show no one was fatally shot in the city on Jan. 10, the day of Obama's speech. There were five shootings, but none occurred while Obama was speaking. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke File)

In just about 15 minutes, Donald Trump will speak to Congress and America, laying out his big plans for the country. The talking points came out yesterday afternoon, and as of a few hours ago, some media outlets were reporting that the speech was still being tweaked.


Here is the stream, courtesy NBC News.

Part of that, we can assume, has to deal with the big change in position when it comes to immigration and immigration reform that “leaked” out earlier today (you can find my take on that here). However, the major talking point for the last two days has been his plans for defense spending.

Here are the talking points we expect tonight. Granted that this is Donald Trump and scripts aren’t exactly his thing, this could totally change between now and halfway into his speech.

More Spending on Defense

So, the big item on Donald Trump’s spending plans is the increased defense spending. He has long been calling for making our military great again, and this could be his moment to make it happen. He’s got the numbers in Congress and he has the support of the hawkish wing of the party on this, so it could be coming. The question is where does the money come from?

Less Spending on Entitlements

Democrats are freaking out over the fact that Trump has called for reduced spending on entitlement programs (not defunding them completely, but reducing the spending there), and transferring that money into the defense budget. It is almost as though such a plan were tailored to maintain the support of fiscal conservatives wary of Trump’s liberal past.


AND Increased Economic Income

Trump also spoke in a recent interview about how he expects a rising economy to naturally provide more revenue to the government, which would in turn be directed to help supplement the defense spending increases. This is, of course, assuming Trump does not also call for tax increases. But, I suppose we shall see.

Immigration Reform

The plan to call for comprise in an immigration reform package was surprising, but given that the news came out today and that we’ve heard Trump’s team was still working on the speech this afternoon, we have to assume that this has made its way into the speech.


What are his plans for the Affordable Care Act? Congress appears to be fumbling on it, and it’s driving people crazy. Trump is now said to be working on his own plan, but will he give any details about it? We’ll see.

Check out the stream at the top, and consider this an open thread.


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