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

Trump Makes Last Appeal for Wall Funding in State of Union Address

"Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards".

Stacey Abrams of Georgia was chosen to give the Democratic Party's response to Trump.

Still, a union hall in Atlanta doesn't compare to the grandeur - and bright lights - of the House chamber, where Trump delivered his speech. President Trump's second State of the Union address was postponed one week due to the partial government shutdown. That has left the White House to deliberate privately over whether the president will invoke a national emergency, which he has asserted could allow him to use statutory authority to redirect Pentagon funding for a barrier at the U.S. -Mexico border - a project the president had repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become America's first black female governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for U.S. Senate from Georgia. Polls show he has work to do, with his approval rating falling to just 34 percent after the shutdown, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. "We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America's future".

The last two years, Trump addressed a Congress controlled by fellow Republicans.

Trump has promised to massively increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods if the two sides can not reach an agreement by March 1. The legislation was defeated handily, but the White House's decision not to support a competing plan that would have maintained current immigration rates and offered deportation protections for 1.7 million young undocumented immigrants helped doom it - even though that plan would have provided $25 billion for Trump's wall.

"In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall".

President Trump and Kim's first summit garnered only a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize.

Trump will also urge Congress to address the trade disparity between the United States and other nations.

Last month, USA officials announced progress on a framework deal under which the US would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban promises that the country would not be used by terrorists.

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

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

The Republican-led Senate this week broke with Trump on Syria and Afghanistan, passing a largely symbolic resolution that opposed a "precipitous withdrawal", insisting militants in both countries still pose a threat to the U.S.



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