Keith Ellison's bringing the guy who beat him for DNC chair to Trump's speech

The new chair of the Democratic National Committee will be the Minnesota congressman's guest.
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U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will have a guest with him Tuesday evening when he sits in the House chamber listening to President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress.

And it's the man who was Ellison's rival this past weekend, as both vied to be the new chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez defeated Ellison in that competition but the two have made it clear nobody's holding a grudge.

Perez immediately named Ellison deputy chair of the DNC. And Monday evening Ellison said Perez "has always been on the side of working people, and I am honored to have him as my guest to tomorrow evening's Presidential Address,” The Hill reports.

As Ellison and Perez competed for the job of leading their party, some analysts saw their competition as a rerun of the primary race in which Bernie Sanders – an Ellison ally – challenged Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic presidential candidate.

After Perez won the post Saturday, President Trump fueled that interpretation by suggesting the outcome was rigged.

But Ellison says he and Perez are ready to work together opposing Trump's agenda.

What will Trump be talking about?

The White House announcement that Trump will address a joint session of Congress Tuesday night says "the President will communicate his vision for the future of the country directly to the American people as he moves forward with his plans to take on the many challenges facing this nation."

The White House says Trump will build on his inauguration speech as he lays out his agenda to make America great again.

CNN explains that it's traditional for presidents who just took office to skip a "State of the Union" speech, but they typically make a joint address to Congress like Trump is doing.

Trump gave a preview of what he's likely to talk about when a group of governors visited the White House Monday. USA Today reports Trump outlined his plans to increase spending on the military and law enforcement, while cutting taxes, regulations, and spending on government programs.

The president's speech begins just after 8 p.m.

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