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Democratic Response To Trump's 2019 State Of The Union Address

Trump Makes Last Appeal for Wall Funding in State of Union Address Facing Divided Congress, Trump Calls for Unity
Priscilla Morrison | 06 February, 2019, 12:55

President Donald Trump is using the State of the Union address to make a final push for a wall along the southern US border, just days ahead of what he has warned could be another government shutdown.

"The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda", Trump told Congress it the beginning of his prime-time address. Many House Democratic women wore white, the color favored by early 20th-century suffragettes.

The president's remarks previewed how he planned to defend himself as Democrats launch a flurry of investigations into his administration and personal finances.

"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation", Trump continued. Lawmakers in the cavernous House chamber sat largely silent.

Trump and Congressional leaders now have until February 15 to pass long-term bills to fund the government.

The partial government shutdown began on December 21 because of disagreements over money to build a U.S. -Mexico border wall. With another shutdown deadline looming, the president has few options for getting Congress to fund a border wall, and he risks further alienating his party if he tries to circumvent lawmakers by declaring a national emergency instead. "I will get it built", he declared. But he delivered no ultimatums about what it would take for him to sign legislation to keep the government open. With that deadline 10 days away, Trump called on lawmakers "to defend our very unsafe southern border" from gangs and drugs.

The 72-year-old President Trump harkened back to moments of American greatness, celebrating the moon landing as astronaut Buzz Aldrin looked on from the audience and heralding the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abram, who delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, said the USA has "stumbled time and again on its quest towards justice and equality", including in its ability to address racism.

President Trump and Kim's first summit garnered only a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize. Without providing evidence, Trump claimed that the US would be in "major war" had he not been elected commander-in-chief.

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"Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country". But since Democrats won control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, Democrat Nancy Pelosi now holds the job. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

In her rebuttal speech, Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia state lawmaker who is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, will slam the shutdown as "a stunt engineered by the president of the United States, one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values", according to prereleased excerpts.

President Trump's address amounted to an opening argument for his re-election campaign. "It just doesn't work that way". The president on Tuesday recognized that "more women serving in the Congress than ever before".

Some of the president's foreign policy comments are not in agreement with experts. He again called for bringing American troops home from Syria and Afghanistan.

"Great nations do not fight endless wars", he said, adding that the U.S.is working with allies to "destroy the remnants" of the Islamic State group and that he has "accelerated" efforts to reach a settlement in Afghanistan.

IS militants have lost territory since President Trump's surprise announcement in December that he was pulling US forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup within six months to a year of the Americans leaving.

Trump has also announced plans to withdraw the 2,000 US troops from Syria, saying Islamic State has largely been defeated there.

"In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall", Trump said, referring to legislation during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations to build fencing and other barriers that earned bipartisan support. She was the first black woman to deliver such an address and used the high-wattage event to blister Trump on everything from education and school safety to being out of touch with the middle class.

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