Who Is Donald Trump Inviting to the State of the Union? Bullied Student, Former Drug Dealer, Family of Couple Allegedly Killed by Undocumented Migrant

As President Donald Trump seeks to redefine his administration's goals at the State of the Union address Tuesday night, the White House's choice of guests offer hints as to the speech's central themes.

Looking forward to presidential elections in 2020, attempting to move past the backlash from the longest government shutdown in American history and highlighting the accomplishments of his first term, Trump appears poised to deliver a State of the Union address marked by well-worn themes.

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The 13 guests of the president and first lady Melania Trump include the family of a couple killed allegedly by an undocumented migrant, two Tennesseans released from prison and a sixth-grader who was bullied because his surname is Trump.

The White House invited the family of Gerald and Sharon David, who were murdered in their Nevada home in January. Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19, of El Salvador, was charged last week in their deaths. Debra Bissell, Heather Armstrong and Madison Armstrong—the late couple's daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter, respectively—have also been invited to the address.

The presence of the three generations of the Davis family is expected to be used to illustrate of the necessity for greater border security, including a wall on the southern border with Mexico. The State of the Union address had to be postponed by a week because of the partial government shutdown precipitated by the standoff between the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and the executive branch over the president's proposed wall.

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President Donald Trump claps during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., on January 30, 2018. WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images

Also on the White House's guest list is Joshua Trump, who said he had been bullied because of his last name, The Washington Post reported. The sixth-grader, who is not related to the president, gained media attention in 2018 after his parents went public with his suffering.

The 11-year-old's family reportedly endured the bullying for years and had hoped, in vain, that their son's enrollment in middle school would bring it to an end. "They curse at him. They call him an idiot. They call him stupid," his mother, Megan Trump Berto, told ABC affiliate WPVI at the time.

The first lady's Be Best campaign, announced in May 2018, aims to combat bullying. The choice of campaign has been heavily criticized, however, because of the president's reputation for brutally going after opponents and even members of his own administration on social media and handing out offensive nicknames.

Matthew Charles of Nashville, Tennessee, is one of two prisoners from the state granted clemency under the Trump administration and invited to State of the Union. The Tennessean reported that Charles was first sentenced to 35 years in prison for dealing crack cocaine in 1996. He was released in January as the first person granted clemency by the bipartisan First Step Program, the White House has said.

Both Charles's case and that of fellow Tennessee native Alice Johnson received enhanced public attention because of the intervention of Kim Kardashian West. At the start of the year, the reality TV star thanked the president for signing the First Step Act, which enabled his release.

Other invitees include survivors of the Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooting last year in Pittsburgh, a victim of the opioid epidemic and a 9-year-old fighting cancer have also been invited to the State of the Union.

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