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Trump's State of the Union 2018 – live updates: Build-up to President's address to Congress

Donald Trump is expected to trumpet the US economy in his State of the Union speech to Congress on Tuesday.

The President will ceremonially kick off his second year in office at 9pm ET (2am GMT) with his pitch to the American people likely to tout his flagship tax legislation and jobs figures. It will come as his approval rating hovers in the 30s.

Following the speech the Democrats’ response will be given by Joe Kennedy III, a Massachusetts congressman and grandson of Robert F Kennedy, who will say his colleagues must focus on the economic worries of working-class voters who deserted the party in the 2016 election.

Live Updates

8 mins ago

Welcome to our live coverage of Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.
We’ll be building up to the speech at 9pm ET (2am GMT) and bringing you full reaction once the President has finished.

7 mins ago

Mr Trump is expected to talk up his big tax overhaul as well as the US economy. Though it grew slightly less than expected in the most recent figures, it is still gaining jobs.

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