Trump's State of the Union address

By Sophie Tatum, Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 2:13 p.m. ET, March 5, 2019
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9:19 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

Trump thanks astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Trump acknowledged Buzz Aldrin, who was in attendance on Tuesday night, thanking the Apollo 11 astronaut before saying "this year, American astronauts will go back to space on American rockets."

"In 2019, we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon. Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag, Buzz Aldrin," Trump said.

He continued: "Thank you, Buzz. This year, American astronauts will go back to space on American rockets."


9:20 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

Trump appealed for bipartisanship in his State of the Union opening. Nancy Pelosi applauded.

From CNN’s Betsy Klein

President Trump kicked off his State of the Union address with a call for bipartisanship.

“As we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans. Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now, gathered in this great chamber, hoping that we will govern not as two parties but as one nation. The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. It is the agenda of the American People,” he said.

Trump called for collaboration on jobs, trade, infrastructure, healthcare, immigration, and foreign policy.

“Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country,” Trump said.

Many of the Democratic lawmakers dressed in white stood to applaud, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

See the moment here:

9:10 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

President Trump has arrived on the House floor

President Trump arrived at the US Capitol. He shook Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand before starting his remarks.

See President Trump enter House chamber below:

9:06 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

First lady Melania Trump takes her seat

First Lady Melania Trump, wearing a black suit, just arrived at the US Capitol for the President's State of the Union address.

Last year, she wore a white pantsuit. Wearing white has become common among female politicians who want to make a statement — in 2017, Democratic women wore white to represent women's suffrage.

"A lot of people saw the white pantsuit she wore last year as a quite signal. You look at all the Democratic women here again and we wondered what she was thinking wearing white," CNN's Kate Bennett explained.

The President's daughter, Tiffany, is dressed in white tonight.

See the first lady's arrival:

9:01 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

Just four Supreme Court justices are attending tonight's address

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch have arrived at the House Chamber for tonight's State of the Union address.

Here’s who’s not attending tonight: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, as expected.

Ginsburg, who last night made her first public appearance since her December cancer surgery, did not attend President Trump’s previous State of the Union address.

Watch Supreme Court justices arrive below:

8:53 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

Pence and Pelosi share a bipartisan handshake

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, just shook hands with Vice President Mike Pence as lawmakers await President Trump inside the House Chamber.

This is Pelosi's first State of the Union speech as House speaker with Trump in office, after winning the speakership race in last month.

See the handshake here:

8:45 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

Rick Perry is the designated survivor

From CNN's Noah Gray and Betsy Klein

Secretary of energy Rick Perry is this year's designated survivor.

What this means: Every year the administration appoints one member of the Cabinet to remain outside the House chamber during the State of the Union in case disaster strikes.

Perry, former governor of Texas, became the secretary of energy in March 2017.

 A veteran of the United States Air Force, Perry ran for president twice, in the 2012 and 2016 Republican primaries. He appeared as a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" in the fall of 2016. Trump nominated his former rival for the Energy Department post in December 2016.

8:52 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

President Trump just departed the White House

President Trump just got in a car at the White House and he's heading to the US Capitol for his second State of the Union address.

First Lady Melania Trump is arriving separately for the second year in a row.

See the moment below:

8:42 p.m. ET, February 5, 2019

Trump will announce details of second summit with North Korea

From CNN’s Kylie Atwood

President Trump will announce that a second summit between North Korea and the US will take place in Vietnam on Feb. 27 and 28, according to a source familiar with the summit’s planning and Trump’s remarks tonight.

The city in Vietnam is still under discussion, and the summit could end up being Hanoi or Da Nang.

Steve Biegun, a State Department special representative to North Korea, is heading to Pyongyang tomorrow to solidify some details of the summit including the city where it will take place. He will also press North Korea to attend a series of working level meetings between now and the summit.