WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - In his first State of the Union address Tuesday, the president will seek to push past the Russia investigation that's dogged his first year in office, instead touting the nation's economic growth and a sweeping federal tax overhaul while urging those on both sides of the aisle to come up with a plan to rebuild America's bridges and roads.
President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress beginning at 4 p.m. Hawaii time (9 p.m. Eastern).
The address comes at a critical point for the president.
He is battling poor approval ratings and is trying to move past the government shutdown that coincided with the anniversary of his inauguration. He's also preparing for a grueling midterm election season that has tripped up other first-term presidents.
White House officials have said the theme of the annual address will be "building a safe, strong and proud America" and that Trump was looking to showcase the accomplishments of his first year while setting the tone for the second.
Some Democrats have said they won't attend the address, though all four members of Hawaii's delegations are expected to be there.
Meanwhile, some Congresswoman will be wearing black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement.
U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., will deliver the Democratic response to Trump's speech. The response is typically a short rebuttal.
This story will be updated.