Negotiations between the President's administration and the Democratic house have remained at a standstill since late a year ago, over allocating $5.7bn of the state budget toward a border wall. Delivering the speech at the midway point of a three-week reprieve, his message was colored by the prospect of yet another shutdown. "I will get it built", Trump said in the House of Representatives chamber, with his main Democratic adversary, new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, watching over his shoulder.
Trump spoke at a critical moment in his presidency, staring down a two-year stretch that will determine whether he is re-elected or leaves office in defeat. They oppose a border wall and are pushing to amnesty roughly 3 million illegals who say they arrived as children, and to get green cards for roughly 300,000 migrants who are being allowed to stay because of the Temporary Protected Status program.
The Republican president appeared in the House chamber just weeks after his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for the U.S. -Mexico wall triggered a historic 35-day partial government shutdown that more than half of Americans blamed him for, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.
The president was asked about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's offer of $1 billion for border security. That has led Mr Trump to contemplate declaring a national emergency, which he says would let him reallocate funding from elsewhere without congressional action.
White House aides say the president will call for bipartisanship on major legislation, but analysts expect Democrats to continue resisting his agenda.
Looming over the president's address was a fast-approaching February 15 deadline to fund the government and avoid another shutdown.
Minutes later, Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Schumer hadn't even seen the speech and was "just upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune". Nonetheless, Trump has claimed that the economic recovery in the U.S.is all his doing, and that misleading claim will likely be made again during his 2019 State of the Union address.
Also, GOP legislators are urging the President to back away from his dramatic threat to build a wall via his orders to agencies.
Stacey Abrams, an increasingly popular Democrat and former gubernatorial candidate, will deliver the Democrats' response to Trump's speech. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become America's first black female governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for U.S. Senate from Georgia.
While Mr Trump was still putting the final touches on the speech on Tuesday, he was expected to use some of his televised address to showcase a growing economy. He's reduced federal taxes and regulations, 304,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy last month, unemployment is at a 50-year low, and there are now more jobs available than there are people to fill them. That is the longest period on record.
"Great nations do not fight endless wars", he said, adding that the U.S.is working with allies to "destroy the remnants" of the Islamic State group and that he has "accelerated" efforts to reach a settlement in Afghanistan. Despite the objections of some advisers, Trump announced in December that he was withdrawing US forces in Syria. "He will be asking for bipartisan support to make that happen", said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
According to the White House, Joshua is an 11-year-old from Wilmington who has been bullied by his classmates because of his last name.
Trump's speech unfolded largely in a civil fashion with Cabinet members, military commanders and several Supreme Court justices in attendance at the annual presidential address to Congress.