Tonight President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress, and even political experts don’t know what to expect. LSU political science professor Robert Hogan says this address will be unlike any we’ve seen in a while, as a Republican president will go before a GOP dominated Congress. But he says that doesn’t mean either chamber will fully support the President’s proposals.
“It appears that they have difficulty right now settling on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Hogan said.
Hogan says healthcare will be a big topic, as will the budget. He says typically presidents use this address as an opportunity to push their legislative agendas, including taxes and spending. He expects there to be more support from the GOP for Mr. Trump’s spending plan.
“He does intend to cut Medicare of social security, and those are programs that House Republicans in particular have said that they would like to see some reform made to that would result in cost savings,” Hogan said.
Hogan says it’s unclear whether Mr. Trump will offer an olive branch to ease tensions or go in for the attack. He says generally presidents deliver a well thought-out, rehearsed address that clearly outlines their priorities. But he say Mr. Trump is anything but predictable.
“Mr. Trump has been someone that has never followed that recipe book, if you will. So it’s really hard to tell which direction he will go,” Hogan said.