Published February 5, 2019
When US President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union speech to Congress on Tuesday , his guests will include Joshua Trump , a sixth grader passionate about science and animals .
The youngster isn ’ t a member of the president ’s family , but instead a boy from Wilmington, Delaware , who has been bullied in school as a result of his last name , according to a short statement issued by the White House.
“ He appreciates science, art, and history , ” the statement said .
“ He also loves animals and hopes to pursue a related career in the future,” it continued , adding young Trump ’s hero and best friend is his Uncle Cody , a member of the United States Air Force .
“ Unfortunately , Joshua has been bullied in school due to his last name . He is thankful to the First Lady and the Trump family for their support, ” the statement concluded .
The president, first lady , and the 535 members of Congress are permitted to invite guests to the annual speech, a key fixture in the American political calendar which sees the US leader tout their successes and outline goals .
The first couple ’s other guests include family members of Gerald and Sharon David, an elderly couple killed in January allegedly by an undocumented immigrant ; and Matthew Charles, a former drug dealer who turned his life around in prison and was the first person released under a criminal justice reform law passed in December .