Donald Trump gives his first State of the Union address on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET, and it comes as the president has a bit of momentum: a vast rewrite of the American tax code and a budget stare-down over immigration where he forced Senate Democrats to surrender on Republican terms.
But it also comes a week after the White House denied reports that Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller over the summer and was only stopped from doing so when White House Counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit. And on Monday, the White House said it had nothing to do with the early retirement of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of Trump and Republicans in Congress.
The question is which Trump shows up to address the nation on Tuesday. Will it be the scripted, sober version of Trump we saw reassuring world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or campaign-rally Trump who attacks the media, stirs up nationalist resentments, and lashes out at perceived enemies?
The White House has indicated the address will touch on the president's plan for immigration and the border wall, and may include a pitch for coming priorities, such as rebuilding U.S. infrastructure. They’ve promised it will be "must-see TV." Tune in here with us to find out.
Cover: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony where former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), recieved the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol, on January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)