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'America is back' to highlight State of the Union presentation

Published:Monday | January 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Seeking to move past the shadow of the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump is aiming to use his first State of the Union address to note the economic progress under his watch while pushing for bipartisanship with Democrats on issues such as rebuilding roads and bridges.

The White House said yesterday that the president would point to a robust economy and low unemployment during his first year and the benefits of his major tax overhaul during tomorrow's address to Congress. The president was expected to set aside his more combative tone for one of compromise and bipartisanship, aides said.

"The president is going to talk about how America's back," said White House legislative director Marc Short.

"The president is also going to make an appeal to Democrats ... to say we need to rebuild our country. And to make an appeal that to do infrastructure, we need to do it in a bipartisan way."

Short said Trump would also urge Democrats to support additional military spending in light of "dramatic threats on the global scene."

White House officials have said the theme of the annual address will be "building a safe, strong and proud America." They said the president was looking to showcase the accomplishments of his first year while setting the tone for the second.