Addressing Congress: Trump's Guests

The President invited guests to his address to illustrate the most important aspects of his policy

US President Donald Trump, following a longstanding tradition, invited guests to his State of the Union address to Congress to highlight the political aspects that matter most to him..
Fifteen guests will be in attendance with First Lady Melania Trump during Trump’s first State of the Union address in the year of his presidency..
Among them will be Ohio welder Corey Adams, who, according to the White House, plans to use the funds freed up by Trump’s tax reform to pay for his daughters’ education..
Also invited to speak are Adams’ employers, brother and sister Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger, founders of an industrial company, who say tax reform will allow them to expand their businesses and increase employee holiday bonuses..
Among the President’s guests will be two married couples, Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mikens and Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddie Cuevas, whose daughters were killed by the armed group MS-13. Their presence is intended to illustrate Trump’s desire to combat the entry of illegal immigrants with criminal inclinations into the country. Another guest will be C.J. Martinez, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who has arrested more than 100 MS-13 members..
Trump also brought in New Mexico police officer Ryan Holets, who adopted the child of an opioid-addicted parent, which is an acute problem in the United States..
Guests will include several members of the US military: Marine Corps veteran Matthew Bradford, who lost his sight and both legs in an improvised explosive device explosion in Iraq in 2007; Army Sergeant Justin Peck, who rescued a mine-blown comrade last November and founder of the Flag and Flower Initiative, Preston Sharp. Participants in this program honor the memory of the fallen soldiers by placing an American flag and red carnations on their graves..
Trump and the First Lady also invited three people who played important roles in their communities during the natural disasters last year..

Addressing Congress: Trump's Guests

John Bridgers founded Cajun Navy, a non-profit organization that was active in search and rescue efforts in the south of the country, especially during the flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey. Firefighter David Dahlberg saved 62 people, including children, from wildfires in Southern California. Coast Guard Aviation Electronics Specialist Ashley Leppert excelled in hurricane rescue.
As Trump is already actively preparing for the 2020 election campaign, his headquarters organized a live broadcast of the appeal and promised to show on the screen the names of everyone who will donate at least $ 35 to the election campaign..

Addressing Congress: Trump's Guests

Some of the Republican lawmakers invited supporters of Trump’s policies, while Democrats handed out invitations to those dissatisfied with the president’s performance..
Several Democrats invited immigrants who had been smuggled into the country by their parents many years ago. Their fate has been the subject of fierce debate between lawmakers and the White House since Trump ended a program to protect them from deportation last year, instructing Congress to reach a resolution on the issue by March 5..

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Debbie Dingell, Democrat of Michigan, invited President Cindy Garcia, whose husband, Jorge Garcia, was recently deported to Mexico after living in the United States for 30 years..
Congressman Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, who will deliver a speech on behalf of Democrats at the end of the presidential address, invited transgender soldier Patricia King to draw attention to Trump’s ban on military service for transgender people.
New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand invited San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been an active critic of the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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