Ryan invites Trump to address Congress

Ryan invites Trump to address Congress
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage How does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act MORE (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he’s invited President Trump to speak before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28.

Ryan announced the invitation during a press conference in the Capitol and on Twitter.

“This will be an opportunity for the people and their representatives to hear directly from our new president about his vision and our shared agenda,” Ryan told reporters.

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Trump's remarks will technically not be a State of the Union address. It is traditional, however, for incoming presidents to speak before Congress in their first months in office.

Trump’s five most recent predecessors each delivered speeches before joint sessions of Congress shortly after their inaugurations, but none were officially considered to be State of the Union addresses. Former President Obama’s speech before Congress in 2009, for instance, was billed as an address on the nation’s economic recovery.

Trump hasn’t yet indicated if his speech will focus on a particular topic.

Ryan’s announcement came a day after bipartisan congressional leaders met with Trump at the White House.

— This report was updated at 10:23 a.m.