“Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik was one of the more than 800,000 federal workers whose paychecks were withheld during the shutdown — and it happened while her family was still recovering from losing their home in the Thomas Fire,” Harris wrote, referencing the recent and devastating California wildfire. “I’m honored she will join me at the State of the Union.”
The original plan for the speech was scrapped over the shutdown and the back-and-forth between Trump and the Democratic leader over funding for a wall at the nation’s southern border.
On the heels of those weeks of rancor and political conflict, Trump is reportedly aiming to use the ceremonial address to pitch a unifying vision for the nation and perhaps reset relations with Democrats. His designated theme, according to The Associated Press: “Choosing Greatness.”
“I really think it’s going to be a speech that’s going to cover a lot of territory, but part of it’s going to be unity,” Trump told reporters this week.
Fox News’ Matt Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.