President Trump is set to deliver his State of the Union speech in Washington D.C. Tuesday night.


Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Hamline University political analyst David Schultz predicted, “Clearly his supporters and he will say that he’s accomplished a lot, detractors and Democrats will claim that he’s hardly made America great or greater than when he took office.”

Schultz believes Trump will likely take credit for getting his tax cut through and for pushing de-regulatory reform during the speech but added, “The reality is that he did do some of those things, but whether or not he can sort of claim that he’s really succeeded in moving his agenda as much as he claims will be debated by Democrats.”

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minneapolis).

Shelly Elkington of Montevideo will be Senator Amy Klobuchar’s guest at the address. Elkington’s daughter Casey Jo died in 2015 after she became addicted to opioids, following a surgery for the treatment of Crohns Disease at the age of 26. She said, “The biggest trouble we had was trying to get her to realize that she was addicted to them. These were medications, to her, that were prescribed so she felt they were safe. Her doctor felt they were safe.”

Elkington met Senator Amy Klobuchar during a roundtable discussion, and is grateful the senator continues her efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. She said she was shocked to get the invite to D.C. and, “I was very honored from the start that she, one, is still so passionate about this issue. And to have her select this issue to be her guest. I am honored to represent all the people that are fighting this fight.”

Representative Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts will deliver the Democratic response immediately after Trump’s speech.

The address will be broadcast locally at 8:00 p.m.