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>> And it's a big speech, an important speech, and I hope you enjoy it.>> The White House says President Donald Trump wants to unify Americans when he delivers his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night. But the issues Trump plans to highlight, including immigration are among the most divisive in American politics.
After a tumultuous first year, Trump faces skepticism that he is the man to bridge that divide. Steve Holland is on the story.>> One major factor in why the president hasn't been able to unite the nation is that he plays to his base of support, the 30, 35% of the Trump voters.
>> I will never stop.>> He's not one who's shyed away from battle over the past year. The State of the Union offers him a chance to sort of try to bring the country together.>> Trump can point to a robust American stock market and his signature tax cuts.
And on immigration Trump will lay out a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers, something many democrats welcome. But his shifting stands on the highly charged issue and has planned to reign in legal immigration have left many like Democratic leader Chuck Schumer deeply wary.
Conservative Republicans, meanwhile, have rejected his plans for the Dreamers as, quote, amnesty. On Monday, Trump said he will also promote his America First trade agenda aimed at boosting US jobs.>> The world has taken advantage of us on trade->> But his push for steep tariffs on goods from Asia, has left many of his own Republicans, as well as business leaders fearful of a trade war.
Trump may have better luck on national security, an area where presidents can often rally the nation.>> He's gonna talk about his foreign policy, the nuclear challenge from North Korea, the challenge in the Middle East from Iran. But his often inflammatory rhetoric toward nuclear North Korea has sparked worries of a conflict aggression.
And hanging over everything else is special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, which has already netted several operatives from Trump's 2016 campaign.>> That investigation seems to be intensifying, They're all questions about whether the president will be called in to give a statement himself to Bob Mueller, the special counsel.
So, there's a different environment this year, and far more partisan environment. The president's challenge will be to rise above all of that.>> Trump drew praise for the inclusive tone of his first address to Congress last February. But a year later, many Americans still need convincing he can stick to that script once the big speech is over.