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Trump stresses unity in State of the Union

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/06/19, 10:24 am

WASHINGTON—Facing a divided Congress for the remainder of his first term in office, President Donald Trump called for bipartisan cooperation in his second State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president presented a number of potentially unifying issues, including infrastructure, lowering prescription drug prices, combating childhood cancer, and ending the HIV epidemic in the next 10 years. His speech garnered several displays of bipartisan support: Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle offered a standing ovation for astronaut Buzz Aldrin, sang to Holocaust and mass shooting survivor Judah Samet for his 81st birthday, and broke into chants of “USA” when Trump praised the accomplishments of women in the workforce and in Congress. But the president did not shy away from divisive topics. Republicans rose to their feet when he pledged that “America will never be a socialist country” and called for an end to late-term abortions. Female Democratic House members, wearing white to represent 20th century suffragettes, listened stone-faced to his pro-life comments.

Trump discouraged the Democratic-led House from launching investigations against him, declaring, “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.” He also continued to make his case for a wall along the U.S. southern border but did not declare a national emergency to fund the wall without congressional support. The government will again partially shutdown if lawmakers do not reach a compromise on border security funding by Feb. 15.

In the latter half of the speech, the president focused on foreign policy, criticizing “endless wars” and calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. He also announced he would meet again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a late February summit in Vietnam.

Stacey Abrams delivered the Democratic rebuttal speech from Georgia, where she lost her bid to become America’s first black female governor in November. Abrams emphasized voting rights, immigration reform, and asked that Trump “tell the truth … respect his duties and the extraordinary diversity that defines America.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/06/2019 06:36 pm

    Didn’t watch TSOTU. But from what I read about it, President Trump was received much better than last year. And apparently the Dems realized how bad they looked last year when they wouldn’t even applaud the announcement that Black unemployment was at a lower level than in many years. 

    Some commentators—Dick Morris and Newt Gingrich for two— are calling this speech a large win for President Trump.  

    Oh. This:  “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country," Trump declared.  THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT!

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 02/07/2019 12:41 am

    Our 30 yr old daughter was interested in the speech this year. She doesn't like to talk about politics or listen to it, not even the cartoons. But she voted for Trump and thinks he has done a good job. She just wishes he wouldn't pat himself on the back so much. But I guess he has to because the press acknowledges NOTHING he does right. He is trying to do the best he can for America. Many in DC don't care one bit about Americans. It's all about THEM, abortions and getting re-elected. This family was saddened when Ryan became a Boehner minion. The Dems don't care about Americans, their whole focus now is on impeaching Trump. Why do people forget that OBAMA SHUT THE GOV'T DOWN because he wanted more money to spend, NOT because he cared about the safety of America. The Republicans gave him what he wanted so people could get paid.

    Isn't it sad that the person who did the response graduated from Yale. (Looks like she is being groomed for the Presidency.) She did not have a tough life, except that she is black. It sounds like she grew up in a wonderful family. She is very blessed to have grown up in a whole family. It upsets me that she equates being underpriviledged because they had only one car. I knew people who were racist, but not just to black folks. (I lived in Georgia for a short time, but also in the North where they are just as racist.) I had to pay for my college education. And then pay off my college loan which seemed to go on forever. I went to whatever college was nearby and cheapest. I did not own a car, I took the bus. My mother worked more than one job. She had a waitress job and worked her way thru college to become a teacher. I saved up to pay for my own wedding. I did not get new clothes until I got a part-time job while in high school. Before that my clothes were donated from people at church. No one in our family was well off. Just trying to say that there are white folks who were more poor than she was. 

    My grandmother on my birth father's side is 1/2 Native American. She had to give her children away because she could not afford to feed them after her husband left her. Her Native American mother was able to rescue only one child. My father was one who was given away but kept in touch with his birth mother. They don't know what happened to their sister who was adopted out. Sometimes I wonder what tribe my great grandmother was from. Maybe I should run for office. ;-) 



  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 02/07/2019 01:03 am

    Hey news2me, I bet Elizabeth Warren wishes she had your pedigree!