The State of the Union speech is scheduled for 9:10 pm.
What we know (as of December 21, 2017):
Below are the highlights from three of the 12 categories and 81 wins cited by the White House.
Jobs and the economy
- Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate.
- Increase of the GDP above 3 percent.
- Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent.
- Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs.
Killing job-stifling regulations
- Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one creates. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion.
- Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.
- Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
- Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders revealed a list of special guests for Tuesday’s speech during a press briefing Monday afternoon:
- Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas‘ 16-year-old daughter, Kayla, was beaten and stabbed to death by MS-13 gang members in 2016.
The parents from Brentwood, New York, will attend the SOTU Tuesday as White House guests.
- The beaten body of 15-year-old Nisa Mickens was found on a tree-lined street in Brentwood, New York, on Sept. 13, 2016 — a day before her 16th birthday.
The body of her friend, Kayla Cuevas, was found the next day. Like Cuevas, Mickens was also a victim of the MS-13 gang.
Mickens’ parents, Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens, will join the parents of Kayla Cuevas at the SOTU.
- Cpl. Matthew Bradford, the first blind double amputee to re-enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, will also attend the SOTU as a guest of the president.
He lost his legs and eyesight after stepping on an IED while deployed in Iraq in January 2007.
- Cory Adams is a welder at Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton, Ohio.
Last year, Adams and his wife bought their first home, and they plan to invest their extra money from the Trump tax cuts into their two daughters’ education savings.
- In 2016, John Bridgers started a group called the Cajun Navy, a nonproft rescue and recovery organization, to assist flood victims in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In the summer of 2017, Bridgers and the Cajun Navy traveled to Houston to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
- David Dahlberg works as a fire prevention technician in southern California, stationed at the Pine Canyon Fire Station in the Santa Lucia Ranger District.
In July 2017, he saved 62 children and staff members from a raging wildfire that had encircled their camp.
- Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets has been shot twice since he joined the force six years ago. But that hasn’t discouraged the cop from continuing his work.
In fact, he wouldn’t be the father to a special little girl if he wasn’t an officer.
In September 2017, Holets was responding to reports of a robbery when he discovered a pregnant homeless woman behind the building getting ready to inject heroin. Without giving it a second thought, Holets agreed to the woman’s plea for him to adopt her child.
The 35-year-old woman has since referred to Holets as her “guardian angel.”
- Ashlee Leppert serves as an aviation electronics technician in the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Last year, she rescued dozens of Americans imperiled during the devastating hurricane season,” Sanders said.
- CJ Martinez is a veteran and supervisory special agent for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit.
His investigations have led to more than 100 arrests of MS-13 gang members, Sanders said.
- Staff Sergeant Justin Peck has served in the U.S. Army for eight years. During a mission in Raqqa, Syria, in November 2017, Peck heard an IED blast go off. He ran to the second floor of a hospital to find Chief Petty Officer Stacy severly wounded.
He rushed to Stacy’s side, made a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and started CPR. His heroic actions saved Stacy’s life.
- Preston Sharp is responsible for starting the Flag and Flower Challenge (#FandFChallenge), a 50-state challenge to honor every veteran in the U.S.
The idea came to him when he visited his grandfather’s grave at the McDonald cemetery in Redding, California in 2015. He wanted to make sure every veteran would be honored with a flag or flower.
Today, the 11-year-old boy has helped facilitate the placement of more than 40,000 American flags and flowers on veterans’ graves, Sanders said.
- Steve Staub and Sandy Kepingler, who started Staub Manufacturing Solutions 20 years ago, say they’ve seen a “Trump bump” in their business, Sanders explained.
Thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, business has been booming — with their team growing from 23 to 37 employees within the past year.
Plus, thanks to tax cuts and reform legislation, they were also “able to give all their employees larger than expected Christmas bonuses,” Sanders added.