Donald Trump has posted a loaded survey ahead of his annual State of the Union address slamming the media and his opponents.
The survey consists of implicit attacks on the press, including questions like, “Do you think the media did a proper job of blaming Democrats for the Shutdown?”, “Do you think news outlets should be held accountable for writing FALSE stories?” and “Do you feel the mainstream media is actively working against the Trump Administration?”.
It also includes a series of questions painting a positive picture of the President, such as “Do you agree with President Trump that we must be much TOUGHER on terrorism and potential/convicted terrorists?” and “Are you satisfied with President Trump’s efforts to revitalise American manufacturing?”.
The final question takes aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, asking: “In regards to the Shutdown, do you believe Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer care about the safety of you and your family?”
The survey was paid for by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a joint fundraising committee between the President and the Republican National Committee.
Mr Trump will deliver the annual State of the Union address next week after accepting an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had postponed it due to the partial shutdown of the US government.
The nationally televised address from the chamber of the US House of Representatives, now set for February 5, presents Mr Trump with a powerful opportunity to appeal directly to the American public to support his policies, including his demand that Congress fund a wall along the US border with Mexico.
The speech had originally been scheduled for January 29 but Ms Pelosi cancelled it last week, saying it should not be delivered until a partial government shutdown was over.
The record-long shutdown, brought about by a fight between the White House and Democrats in Congress over his wall funding demands, ended on Friday after 35 days, paving the way for the speech to go ahead.
In a letter to Mr Trump on Monday that she posted to Twitter, Pelosi said the two had spoken and agreed on the new date.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 28, 2019
“It is my great honour to accept,” Trump wrote in reply.
In mid-January, Ms Pelosi had suggested to Mr Trump he reschedule the speech, citing security concerns related to the shutdown, and the next day Trump blocked an overseas trip Pelosi had planned in a move many saw as retribution.
Last Wednesday, Trump told Pelosi he was looking forward to delivering the speech as scheduled but Pelosi — the top ranking Democrat in Congress — quickly yanked her invitation in what was widely seen as an effort to deprive Trump of the national spotlight in the middle of the border wall fight.