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US president invites bullied boy named Trump to annual speech

/ 12:45 PM February 05, 2019
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 31, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting between US and Chinese officials in the Oval Office of the White House  in Washington, DC. - US President Donald Trump reaffirmed, in an interview airing February 3, 2019, his determination to pull US troops out of "endless wars" in Syria and Afghanistan, but said they should stay in Iraq to watch Iran. Trump cited the high cost in blood and money after years of fighting in Afghanistan, in arguing for a US withdrawal from the place where the 9/11 attacks were hatched."It's time," he said in the interview with CBS's "Face the Nation." "And we'll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They're tired. Everybody's tired." (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

In this file photo taken on January 31, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting between US and Chinese officials in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

WASHINGTON — 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 the White House.

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“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.

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“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.

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