Thursday, November 30, 2017

Speaker Ryan Invites President Trump to Speak for His First State of the Union Address

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has formally invited President Donald Trump to address a joint session of Congress so he may deliver his first State of the Union address as president.

Ryan's office tweeted out the letter sent a letter to Trump on Thursday inviting him to speak on Jan. 30, 2018.

...An invitation is required before the president may address Congress in the Capitol. The Constitution mandates the president "from time to time" update Congress; however, there is no mandate that such address must be done by a speech. Some past State of the Union updates have been delivered by written report. In recent decades, the president's State of the Union audience has expanded to include both the nation and Congress.

Although this will be Trump's first State of the Union address, it won't be his first address to a joint session of Congress. As is custom for recently sworn in presidents, Trump gave a speech on Feb. 28, but it wasn't technically considered a State of the Union address.