Trump Today: President predicts 'tremendous success' after well-received speech

Few would argue that the country's infrastructure doesn't need the upgrade, but how Trump will pay for this and his other projects remains uncertain.

Vatz is a professor at Towson University in Maryland.

All that said, there are still lots of questions for Trump and the GOP. Democrats were quick to criticise Trump's speech, particularly on climate change, national security and education while many Republicans were full of praise.

Shuster teaches at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Shuster does not expect Trump to moderate his language unless he faces a major setback - such as a failure to carry out his promise to repeal and replace the health plan known as Obamacare. The same poll in '09, when President Obama first addressed Congress, put the "wrong track" number at 40 percent.

Regarding the source of the speech, which enjoyed widespread support across the United States, the official also told Axios: "The speech was all [Stephen] Miller, but Ivanka worked hard on it with him on numerous parts, especially affirming that the president's desire to have an uplifting and aspirational speech was right". This isn't a State of the Union address, but a tradition among new occupants of the Oval Office to address lawmakers, with the benefit of drawing roadblock coverage across broadcast and cable networks.

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President Trump is receiving plaudits for his first joint address to Congress. The PBS Newshour and Twitter will jointly live stream the speech as well.

Which is why it came as quite a surprise yesterday afternoon when Trump spoke to reporters off-camera and talked up the idea of adding immigration reform to his agenda.

"If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades", he said.

In 1981, new President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, discussed concerns his policies would hurt low-income Americans.

The day after President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress, much of official Washington seemed to be focused on the president's projection of a softer, more optimistic tone in his speech. "I hope he does well", he said.

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The US leader has the potential to trigger huge stock, currency and investment movements when he speaks to the representatives at around 2am British time on February 29.

Even The Washington Post complimented Trump's speech for "an air of seriousness" and "flashes of compassion".

Besides the president, members of both the House and Senate, Cabinet secretaries and U.S. Supreme Court Justices, will be there.

The address will include a moment of remembrance for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away a year ago. In his January 24, 2012, address, President Obama urged Congress to emulate the US armed forces, who "don't obsess over their differences".

According to CNN, "several relatives of people killed by undocumented migrants will be in First Lady Melania Trump's box on the House balcony for the address", including Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose teenage son was shot by an undocumented immigrant, and the widows of two California police officers who were killed on duty in 2014. Pelosi also plans to bring a person she says has spoken out about the importance of a free press. "Five weeks into his administration, President Trump has not introduced a single jobs bill", she said. "It will require us to tap into the American spirit that has overcome every challenge throughout our long and storied history", he said in his prime-time speech which was devoid of attacks on Democratic opponents and media organisations.

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