Tuesday, 26 March, 2019


State of the Union Excerpts: Donald Trump Reminds Congress How He Won

Justin Fairfax speaks during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Richmond Va. Feb. 2 2019 Steve Helber APVirginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Richmond Va. Feb. 2 2019
Conrad Doyle | 06 February, 2019, 12:58

And then there was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's golf clap for Trump - a slapping of hands together that has already become a meme. "Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards".

Stacey Ambrams delivered the Democratic Response to the State of the Union Address.

Once the shutdown ended, without the funding Trump had wanted for his wall, the two rescheduled his speech. In a rejoinder to some Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), who have proposed getting rid of ICE over allegations that the agency has abused its powers in conducting enforcement raids, Trump said: "I will never abolish our heroes from ICE". Abrams often said her student loans and other debts amassed caring for family members left her more empathetic than most politicians to what the majority of US households experience in day-to-day life. President Trump's second State of the Union address was postponed one week due to the partial government shutdown.

In excerpts released ahead of Abrams' remarks, she calls the shutdown a political stunt that "defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values".

Republicans are not sparing Abrams, with the Republican National Committee lambasting what it calls "extreme policies" that were "rejected by her home state of Georgia last November".

The government shut down for more than a month over Trump's demands for $5.7 billion for his promised border wall with Mexico. The 116th Congress is also the most diverse Congress in history, with a record number of women. "Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country".

To build on USA economic success, Trump will say that "one priority is paramount: reversing decades of calamitous trade policies".

"It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place".

The White House is also considering imposing tariffs of up to 25 percent on imports of automobiles and vehicle parts.

"Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country", Trump continued, to a smattering of boos. Several leading GOP lawmakers have sharply criticized his plans to withdraw from Syria, as well as from Afghanistan.

"As a candidate for President, I pledged a new approach", he plans to say.

Trump will speak about the future of the ongoing conflicts overseas in Syria and Afghanistan.

"Tonight, Donald Trump spoke of "choosing greatness" but there is nothing great about his administration's repeated choices to abandon US leadership in the global fight against climate change, to eliminate vital protections for public lands and to roll back the clean air and water safeguards that make our communities safe and healthy places to live", said League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski, who attended the speech as a guest of New York Congressman Paul Tonko, in a statement.

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