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Watch Trump's First Address To A Joint Session Of Congress With NPR's Annotated Transcript

Kevin Lamarque
President Trump arrives for a National Governors Association meeting at The White House on Feb. 27, 2017.

President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time Tuesday night to lay out his young administration’s agenda for the country. NPR reporters will be annotating his remarks and the Democratic Party's response. 

With the prime-time speech, Trump has the opportunity to reorient the nation on the economic goals and priorities that helped him get elected. The president's advisers say in the address he will declare early progress on campaign promises — in general, growing the economy and protecting the American people, according to NPR

Trump will likely talk about national security and foreign policy as well. His travel ban against seven Muslim-majority countries was halted by a federal court at the beginning of the month. He's expected to issue another executive order this week. 

The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

Watch Trump's address to Congress via PBS NewsHour

You can watch PBS NewsHour coverage of President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress starting at 7 p.m. You can also listen to NPR coverage on KERA 90.1, starting at 8.

Follow along with a transcript of Trump's speech 

NPR journalists with expertise in politics, immigration, business, law and more will offer their analysis and annotations.


Read the response from the Democratic Party with NPR annotations

Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. 

NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.