WATCH: Trump addresses joint session of Congress in first major speech since inauguration


President Donald Trump is set to make his highly-anticipated first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening amid record low polls numbers and a combination of successes and setbacks.

The prime-time event, similar to a State of the Union address, provides Trump with his biggest platform since Inauguration Day.

The president is expected to discuss his plans to bolster national security with a new travel ban after his first contentious executive order was put on hold by a federal appeals court earlier this month.

The speech, penned with help from aide Stephen Miller, is also expected to touch on plans for tax reform, increased defense spending, renegotiating international trade deals and the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

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Trump is also expected to address the threats that have been made to Jewish Community Centers around the nation, according to CNN.

An average of recent polls by Real Clear Politics put the president's approval rating at about 44 percent, relatively low for a new president, Reuters reports. A poll released on Sunday by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found the president holds a 44 percent job approval rating with nearly half of those polled, 48 percent, disapproving of the president's job so far.

First lady Melania Trump will attend the address along with the president's special guests. Trump has invited multiple family members of Americans who were killed by illegal immigrants in the U.S., including the widows of two California police officers killed in the line of duty. The widow of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Maureen McCarthy Scalia, will also be in attendance.

Many Trump opponents in Congress to use the speech to voice their opposition to his agenda. Several Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, plan to bring immigrants and refugees as guests to highlight the potential impacts of Trump's policies.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, who boycotted Trump's inauguration, has said he will not applaud or give the president a standing ovation. His guest Tuesday evening will be and immigration attorney from Chicago who is the daughter of Palestinian refugees.

"This year, I do not plan to applaud this President or leap to my feet to give him a standing ovation — even in the unlikely event he says something I agree with," he said.

Others will silently voice their opposition, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who plans to be one of many Democratic women wearing white in support of women's rights.