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He had teased the possibility of announcing his intention to declare a national emergency to secure wall funding if Congress doesn't act, but four people who have been briefed on his speech said he was not expected to take that step Tuesday night. While he is expected to continue to hammer his case that the situation at the southern border represents a humanitarian and security crisis, Trump is keenly aware of the optics of the speech and wants to avoid being booed in the Senate chamber, one of the people said. In a letter Monday night to House Democrats, Pelosi wrote that she hopes "we will hear a commitment from the President on issues that have bipartisan support in the Congress and the Country, such as lowering the price of prescription drugs and rebuilding America's infrastructure." However, a Defense Department inspector general report released Monday said the Islamic State group "remains a potent force of battle-hardened and well-disciplined fighters that could likely resurge in Syria" absent continued counterterrorism pressure.