President Trump sees the delivery of the State of the Union address as one presidential tradition that deserves “reverence,” in the New York Times’ words. And being able to deliver the speech in the proper venue played a partial role in his decision to reopen the government temporarily.
Trump spends more time practicing for his SOTU speech than other public speaking events because he knows he will stick to the script, according to the Times.
The President spent at least two hours rehearsing with his chief policy adviser Stephen Miller over the weekend and practiced in front of several administration officials on Monday. According to the Times, he’s expected to do another run-through with a teleprompter in front of aides on Tuesday.