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If Donald Trump’s State of the Union address is at all similar to the speech he delivered to the US Congress last year, Americans can expect more false facts and fresh new controversies on Tuesday night.

This time, however, there is a catch: the Democratic Party has assumed control of the House of Representatives, making its reaction to the president’s upcoming policy proposals and statements more prominent — and powerful — than ever before.

The 2019 State of the Union address was pushed back a week from the originally anticipated date following a federal government shutdown — the longest of its kind in US history — triggered by Mr Trump’s demands $5.7bn towards building a US-Mexico border wall.

Now that the president has been officially invited by lawmakers to address the joint-session of Congress this year, Americans can expect to learn what Mr Trump will do next towards that campaign promise he frequently made in 2016.

Here’s what to look out for in the 2019 State of the Union address.

Numerous claims the president made throughout his 2018 State of the Union address were noted as flat-out falsities by fact-checkers covering the speech in real-time. This year, it shouldn’t be different, thus one needs a fact-checker close by.

Mr Trump has made several hints he was considering declaring a national emergency at the upcoming State of the Union, telling CBS News in an interview that aired on Sunday, “I don’t take anything off the table”.

With a new year has come new lawmakers from all walks of life, several of whom often draw national headlines for their responses to actions taken by the Trump administration.

Tuesday night will prove no different, as congressional newcomers plan to highlight Americans impacted by the very policies and agenda Mr Trump will layout during his address.

Whereas the president has enjoyed the support of his Republican leadership in past speeches to joint-sessions of Congress, he will now be speaking to lawmakers with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seated squarely behind him.

Ms Pelosi is expected to sit behind the president and across from Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday night, where she will be easily seen by millions of viewers looking on as the president delivers his remarks.

Rather than Ms Pelosi or other Democratic leadership delivering the party’s official response to the president’s address, Americans tuning in on Tuesday night will hear from Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Georgia.

via The Independent