Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York accused Mr Trump of “blatant hypocrisy,” saying the president may want to talk about unity on Tuesday but “spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us.”
Minutes later, Mr Trump tweeted that Schumer was “just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune.”
Against that backdrop, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is inching toward a potential agreement that would give Mr Trump just a fraction of what he’s demanding. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who stood by Mr Trump during the shutdown, said Tuesday that his top priority is forging a bipartisan House-Senate agreement, not placating the president.
While Mr Trump was still putting the final touches on the speech Tuesday afternoon, he was expected to use some of his televised address to showcase a growing economy. Despite the shutdown, the US economy added a robust 304,000 jobs in January, marking 100 straight months of job growth. That’s the longest such period on record.