President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address at 11:30 a.m.
ET on Thursday, and many analysts have suggested that he may be trying to play down his criticism of the president, rather than address his own failures.
Obama has spent the past two weeks on a high-profile and extended vacation, but has avoided commenting on Trump’s behavior during the election, including the release of a tape that captured him making crude remarks about women.
He did, however, tweet out a message of condolence for victims of the deadly shooting at a congressional baseball practice, in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was killed.
Obama also spoke at the United Nations on Thursday.
“I want to express my deepest sympathies and sympathy for the families of the victims of yesterday’s tragic and senseless attack,” Obama said in a statement.
“They deserve our deepest respect.
We must continue to work together to combat this epidemic of violence and hate, which threatens the very fabric of our country.”
Obama’s speech will be the most closely watched since his presidency took office, and some have suggested the speech will give him a chance to make a strong case for why he deserves re-election in 2020.
“It is the most important speech of his presidency, if not the most,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “I think the President will be able to lay out some ideas on the issues he thinks need to be addressed.”
On Wednesday, Obama said he was “not a fan of Trump” and that the GOP nominee’s speech was not helpful to him.
“He hasn’t said the right things about the people of the United States and his policies, but the American people have not had a chance and haven’t had a voice to voice their opinions,” Obama told CNN.
“And I think they deserve to have that voice.”
Obama has not yet given a full transcript for his address.