Joshua Trump, Bullied Kid, to Attend State of the Union With Melania

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The White House has invited Matthew Charles, a former drug dealer serving a 35-year sentence who was the first prisoner released under the act this year, to attend the State of the Union as a White House guest. Under pressure from conservative backers, Trump refused to sign a government funding bill that did not include money for his long-sought border wall.

As protocol dictates, the president will be flanked on one side by Pelosi, a California Democrat often disparaged by Republicans. Mr Schumer also attacked President Trump for an attempt to "sabotage" Obamacare and alleged he had alienated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

And he has teased a potential announcement during the State of the Union address.

Scores of female House Democrats, for instance, are expected to wear white to show solidarity with suffragettes, echoing the black-clad representatives at last year's address.

Trump's approval had been sliding in recent weeks, reaching a low of 43 per cent in the Rasmussen poll as the shutdown wore on.

Having the last name of Trump has resulted in harassment for one DE 6th-grader - but now he's accepting an invite from the president who shares his name.

Before Joshua started middle school, his parents notified the school about his past issues with bullying.

Trump also will claim success on economic policy, including cutting federal regulations, the source said.

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Schumer took to the Senate floor ahead of Trump's speech and argued for 10 minutes the current state of the country is "chaos". It's still an open question whether Trump caved to Democrats pressure on reopening the government last month because he wanted the SOTU so badly or whether the SOTU is happening because he retreated to avoid public anger. The move is opposed even by some lawmakers in Trump's party and would enrage Democrats, who have promised to fight the president in court if it happens.

Trump's speech also will offer an olive branch to opponents as he looks toward the 2020 election, targeting areas he sees for potential bipartisan agreement, such as infrastructure improvements, lowering prescription drug costs and healthcare. They will sit with first lady Melania Trump during the address.

"Transgender service members like Lieutenant Commander Dremann make extraordinary sacrifices every day to defend our freedom and our most sacred values, and President Trump's decision to ban them from military service is cruel and undermines our military readiness", she said in a statement.

Commenting on the Pentagon's decision, Trump stated that while a wall would be "soooo much easier and less expensive" than sending troops, the measure was necessary to stop the "Invasion of Illegals" trying to gain entry into the US.

Melania Trump is going early to the State of the Union again to spend time with her guests.

"What I expect the president to do is ignore reality and spin his own fiction", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday.

Pittsburgh Police SWAT officer Timothy Matson, who survived multiple gunshot wounds at the scene, will be among the attendees, as well as Judah Samet, a Holocaust survivor who also lived through the October 2018 mass shooting, in which 11 were killed, the White House said.

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