How To Watch: President Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

On Tuesday, February 28, President Trump is set to engage in his first address before a Joint Session of Congress, where he will outline his budgetary priorities, and other public policy goals for his administration in the current year.

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The U.S. Constitution requires that the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” However, this speech is not officially a “State of the Union,” but follows an ongoing tradition from previous Presidents who deliver a formal address to a Joint Session of Congress during their Presidency’s inaugural year.  

During Monday’s White House Briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that the theme of the speech will be “Renewal of the American Spirit.”

Coverage is expected to start at 8:00 PM (EST) with the speech occurring at 9:00 PM (EST).

Major networks will be providing live coverage, and the speech will be live streamed online at and on C-SPAN.

Further Reading:

What to Watch for in Trump’s Address to Congress (CNN Politics)

5 Things to Watch During Trump’s Address (Politico)

Trump Announces Guests to Tuesday’s Address (Politico)

Why Trump’s Tuesday Speech Isn’t A State of the Union Address (CNN Politics)

Ronny Lau, Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, February 28, 2017. © National Association for Music Education (