One Thing May Matter Most in State of the Union Speech

The presidential tone
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2018 5:30 PM CST
President Trump smiles at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

(Newser) – As President Trump gets ready to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday night, pretty much every media outlet is providing a "what to watch" feature. One common theme is that Trump is certain to boast about the US economy and lay out plans for a major infrastructure initiative. Here's a look at other issues at play:

  • Tone: Politico suggests that Trump's demeanor might end up meaning more than his words. Will he strike a bipartisan tone? Or as one observer puts it, "Does he seek to be more than president of the red counties?" At Axios, Mike Allen writes that Trump will be using his "inside voice," the more reserved one seen most recently at Davos in which he sticks to the teleprompter.
  • North Korea: CNN quotes a source saying that Trump will deliver "eye-opening" remarks about North Korea that will likely be driving headlines on Wednesday. The story provides no hint on what that means, beyond noting that Trump aides have been pointing to renewed North-South talks as a sign that Trump's strong words about the North have worked.

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