Speaker Ryan Invites Trump to Address Congress in Late February

  • It will be Trump’s first appearance before either chamber
  • The president is also attending a joint GOP retreat this week

Speaker Ryan Invites Trump to Lay Out Ambitious Agenda

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he invited President Donald Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28.

The address would be Trump’s first appearance before Congress and would be a chance for Trump to lay out his legislative plans.

"This is an ambitious agenda and rightly so," Ryan told reporters Tuesday. "For too long, Washington has been too timid about addressing the big challenges facing our country."

The speech won’t technically be a State of the Union address, since Trump was just sworn into office. But incoming presidents are traditionally invited to speak to before House and Senate lawmakers.

Ryan said that Trump is eager to get going on the Republican agenda "and so are we."

Trump is also planning to address a joint Republican retreat in Philadelphia this week. The meeting is aimed at developing a strategy on how to repeal and replace Obamacare, as well as charting out other legislative priorities for the year, including a tax overhaul.

On Monday evening, Ryan met with Trump at the White House and held a separate meeting with Vice President Mike Pence.

"We had a very very productive discussion about our agenda," Ryan said, "including health care, tax reform, rebuilding our military, securing the border."

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