State of the Union Address 2018 and Democratic response: Coverage and live stream from CBSN


President Donald Trump gives his first official State of the Union Address from the United States Capitol in front of a joint session of Congress.

Our live stream begins at 5:00 p.m. and will continue through Trump’s speech, scheduled for 9:00 p.m., and the Democratic response that follows. Our coverage continues after both speeches through midnight.

You can also follow the CBS News Live blog of Trump’s speech here:

Representative Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) will be delivering the Democratic response, shortly after Trump concludes.

CBSN, the 24-hour streaming news network from CBS News, will have live, wall-to-wall State of the Union coverage from 5pm through midnight, including reporting and analysis from both sides of the aisle leading up to President Trump’s speech and the Democratic response and will include the CBS News Special Report coverage from 9 – 11 pm.

The State of the Union Address is an annual, wide-ranging speech a sitting president delivers before Congress early in the year. That speech is used to reflect on the progress of the previous year and help set the president’s agenda for the coming year.

This is Trump’s first official State of the Union Address. The speech Trump gave last year to a joint session of Congress was not called the State of the Union. A president’s address during his or her first year in office is never referred to as a State of the Union address because after just a few weeks into his term, a new president isn’t expected to know the full state of the union.



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