On January 29, 2018 — the eve of President Trump’s historic first State of the Union address – The Washington Post will host lawmakers and political analysts to preview the president’s speech and look ahead to the coming legislative year.

Speakers will assess the first year of the Trump presidency, discuss the administration’s 2018 policy agenda and address the opportunities and obstacles for finding common ground on Capitol Hill.


2:30p.m. A View from the White House

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald J. Trump

3:00p.m. The Democrats’ Perspective

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader, U.S. House of Representatives

3:30p.m. Communication in the Trump Era

Donna Brazile, former Chairwoman, Democratic National Committee
Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary (2001-2003)
Matt Schlapp, Chairman, American Conservative Union
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)

4:00p.m. The Outlook for Bipartisanship on Capitol Hill

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va)
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)

This event will be streamed live at wapo.st/sotupreview and questions can be submitted via Twitter using #PostLive. Video will be available after the event.

Monday, January 29
3:00PM – 5:00PM (Doors open at 2:30PM)
The Washington Post Live Center
1301 K Street NW, Washington DC 20071
Register to attend

The State of the Union Preview is sponsored by the International Franchise Association and hosted in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.