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President Donald Trump has accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's invitation to give his State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5. Trump will deliver his speech to a joint session of Congress one week after the originally agreed upon date, which became unstuck due to the partial government shutdown and negotiations of the president's border wall. 

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her race for governor in 2018, has been selected to deliver the Democratic Party's official response. She will give the televised rebuttal shortly after Trump's address. Abrams will be the first African-American woman to give the Democratic response to the State of the Union.