On Tuesday, February 5, President Donald Trump will deliver the Union State to the United States Congress. Originally scheduled for January 29, the speech was delayed due to the prolonged government halt, with the President of the House Nancy Pelosi asking the president to delay the speech while the suspension was in effect. Now that the government is running ̵1; at present, anyway – the speaker has urged the president to deal with the congress.
What is the Union State?
Article II of the Constitution outlines the various tasks of the President, one of which is to "provide, from time to time, congressional information on the Union Member State and recommend them to consider such measures as he deems necessary and appropriate." George Washington established the tradition of addressing Congress annually, but began with Thomas Jefferson choosing the Presidents to send a written message rather than a speech. Nowadays, the Presidents once supply the Union Member State to Congress, a tradition that Woodrow Wilson revived in 1913.
When and How to Look At It
In 2018, the Union address is scheduled to begin at 9:00 ET on February 5. There is no fixed length, with some presidents going well over an hour while others set up in just over 30 minutes. Trump's Union State last year ended an hour and 20 minutes, the third longest ever.
On cable or satellite, most major news networks – CNN, NBC and so on – will send the address. If you want to stream there are many options. On YouTube, C-SPAN, NBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Telemundo and others should all stream. The White House will stream the speech on its website.
If you have a Roku you can watch the speech on the Roku Channel or on various networks that Roku provides, such as ABC News or Cheddar.
Many networks and publications will offer live blogging from their political experts, for those who want analysis to follow the speech. Last year, the New York Times, NPR and CBS offered live coverage on their sites, including life annotation and fact control, and it seems likely that they will do the same this year.