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How to stream Trump’s State of the Union address

Here's everything you need to know.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Feb 5, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 7:54 pm CDT

President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his second State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress tonight.

Trump was originally scheduled to give the annual speech late last month, but it was delayed amid the longest government shutdown in the country’s history as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the president sparred in letters about when exactly it would be held. After the president announced that the government would be re-opened temporarily, the speech was rescheduled for tonight.

What is the State of the Union?

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The State of the Union is an annual address from the president of the United States to a joint session of Congress. It is typically a chance for the president to not only talk directly with lawmakers, but also the American public about their accomplishments and goals heading into the next year.

Unlike his first State of the Union address, Trump will face a divided Congress, with the House of Representatives controlled by Democrats. It is likely the president will tout the country’s economy and touch on immigration issues–two topics he has brought up consistently in recent months.

What time is the State of the Union?

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Trump is scheduled to give his second State of the Union address at 8pm CT tonight.

How to watch Trump’s State of the Union 2019 for free

Several news outlets and official sources will be streaming the State of the Union, and there are plenty of ways to watch for free. But if you’re in the market for a live TV streaming service, Trump’s address tonight might make for a good opportunity to try one out. All of the major live TV streaming service—Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, FuboTV, DirecTV Now, and Hulu with Live TV—offer CNN and MSNBC, and most carry Fox News as well. FuboTV, previewed below, costs $44.95 and can be streamed on Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire StickAndroid TV, and iOS and Android devices. (You can find the complete FuboTV channel list here.)

PBS NewsHour will stream the address on YouTube, which you can watch here:

C-SPAN will stream Trump’s speech—and Stacey Abrams’ rebuttal—live.

MSNBC is streaming the speech live on its website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and its apps. MSNBC is also available via the free live TV service Pluto.

CNN is streaming the address live on its homepage and apps and can be viewed without a cable subscription on CNNgo.

Fox News‘ website will also have a live stream of the speech.

The White House, like last year, will also have a live stream available on its website and on its YouTube channel.


Who is delivering the State of the Union rebuttal?

Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who lost by a razor-thin margin during the 2018 midterms, will deliver the Democratic rebuttal to Trump’s speech. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) gave the rebuttal last year.

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*First Published: Feb 5, 2019, 12:00 pm CST