In what appeared to be a retaliatory move one day later, Trump postponed a congressional delegation's trip to Afghanistan at the last minute, writing, "I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate". Now, in his annual address to the nation, the president will lay out what comes next.
How much Republicans are anxious about the national debt usually depends on who is living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: if it's a GOP president such as Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or Donald Trump, they lack the deficit hawk mentality they expressed repeatedly when Barack Obama was president.
Ever the Trump, Melania has found a way to make kids being bullied about herself, using her platform to shine a light on the plight of the most aggressively harassed and targeted minority in the United States: people named Trump.
Administration officials say the White House has also been weighing several "moonshot" goals for the State of the Union address. Trump's guest list suggests that the White House has not backed off its main obsession, which is convincing Americans to buy the racist myth that masses of brown people are streaming across the border to rape and kill them.
But there will be plenty more to keep an eye - and ear - on as Trump addresses a joint session of Congress. That's because Trump likely will describe his time in office as, in the words of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday, "two of the most successful years under a first-term president".
For Trump and his inner circle, the wall has become the dominant policy concern, to the exclusion of almost all else: As an administration official told The New York Times last month, it has become a one-issue White House. Trump's tax reform is credited with boosting economic spending.
Here are some things that a hypothetical Democratic president could try to address via a declaration of emergency in the future.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA, who formally declares her candidacy on Saturday, invited Sajid Shahriar, a labor leader and Department Housing and Urban Development staffer who was recently furloughed from his job during the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government. "He is thankful to the First Lade and the Trump family for their support". Trump granted her clemency in June.
She then explained that Trump should stay out of the border wall fight and do his job as president to either pass or veto the bill. The state of the Trump administration: chaos.
Mr Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney went over the speech on Monday night with about a dozen supporters including former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, as well as Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, a source familiar with the meeting said.