Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has formally invited Donald Trump to address a joint session of Congress so that he may deliver his first State of the Union address as president.
Ryan's office tweeted out the letter sent to Trump on Thursday inviting him to speak on Jan. 30, 2018.
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"Today, we are in the midst of a historic effort to provide relief to hardworking taxpayers, grow our economy, and rebuild our military for the 21st century," Ryan wrote. "Looking ahead, the new year will bring an opportunity to take account of the progress we have made but also lay out the work that still remains to be done on behalf of the American people. In that spirit, it is my honor to invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in the House Chamber."
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 30, 2017
An invitation is required before the president may address Congress in the Capitol. The Constitution mandates the president "from time to time" update Congress; however, there is no mandate that such an address must be done in the form a speech. Some past State of the Union updates have been delivered by written report. In recent decades, the president's State of the Union audience has expanded to include both the nation and Congress.
Although this will be Trump's first State of the Union address, it will not be his first address to a joint session of Congress. As is custom for recently sworn in presidents, Trump gave a speech on Feb. 28, but it was not technically considered a State of the Union address.