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President Donald Trump criticized Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ahead of the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, as he suggested the idea of a “human wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border if lawmakers reject his demands.


Trump and Schumer exchanged barbs before a speech that’s expected to emphasize unity, with the New York Democrat saying that the president will “make bold new promises and not even make an attempt to fulfill them.” Schumer also said the state of the Trump administration is “chaos.”

Trump shot back on Twitter: “I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn’t seen it yet. He’s just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren’t given more credit for the Senate win by the media!”

Speaking before a divided Congress, Trump is expected to emphasize working together, even as the White House and Democrats remain bitterly divided over the president’s proposed border wall. “Part of it is going to be unity,” Trump told reporters last week.

Read: Five things to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union address.

Investors are watching the speech for clues on U.S.-China trade talks and the possibility of another government shutdown if there’s no agreement on the wall. The Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.68%

  was trading more than 150 points higher in afternoon action.

Also see: How the stock market has reacted to State of the Union speeches.


Border security will be a major element of the speech, but Trump isn’t expected to use his address to declare a national emergency to build the wall. He instead will urge a congressional panel to work out a deal on border security by Feb. 15, according to one report.

On Twitter, Trump said his administration would build a “human wall” if necessary. His comment came after a Pentagon announcement over the weekend that it would deploy about 3,750 extra U.S. forces to the southwest border. The additions will bring the total number of active-duty troops on the border to 4,350.

Read: Pentagon says it will send another 3,750 troops to border with Mexico.

Also read: Democrat Stacey Abrams has her work cut out for her Tuesday, says Kathleen Sebelius.

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