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Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28

President Trump talks with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer during a reception at the White House on Jan. 23. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)
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President Trump plans to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, his press secretary said Tuesday.

Newly inaugurated presidents often deliver this type of speech instead of a formal State of the Union address, giving them a full year instead of a few weeks to fully assess the state of the country.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday morning that he had invited Trump to address a joint session. Later in the day, Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer said the president had accepted that invitation.

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“This will be an opportunity for the people and their representatives to hear directly from our new president about his vision and our shared agenda,” Ryan said Tuesday. “This is an ambitious agenda and rightly so. For too long, Washington has been too timid about addressing the big challenges facing our country. We want this to be a bold government. We want this to be a government of action. We want this to be a government of solutions. And a government unified not just by party but by a commitment to restore self-government and to get our country back on track.”

Ryan also said he had “very, very productive discussions” Monday with Trump and Vice President Pence about the governing agenda, including on health care, tax reform, military spending and border security.

“The president is eager to get moving on this agenda,” he said, “and so are we.”