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

Pauline Obrien
February 7, 2019

Abortion is an issue that excites many conservatives - especially white, self-described evangelicals - and in Tuesday's speech, Trump appealed to that demographic with sharp criticism of new, controversial abortion measures in Virginia and NY. We're still recovering from the longest government shutdown in American history, and he has issued threats to start another if he doesn't get his way on a border wall. However, he moved on to say, "simply put, walls work and walls save lives".

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Americans to choose "greatness or gridlock" on Tuesday as he delivered a State of the Union address in which he mixed calls for bipartisanship with appeals to the Republican base and jabs at Democrats.

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

The speech came at a pivotal moment halfway through the president's term as he seeks to regain momentum after the midterm election defeat that handed control of the House to Democrats and after his failed effort to use a partial government shutdown to extract money for the wall.

Trump has repeatedly warned he may declare a national emergency if Congress doesn't give him $5.7 billion for a border wall by February 15, when government funding runs out again.

Abrams' selection by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was a nod to her rising political fortunes despite her defeat a year ago.

President Trump to meet with North Korean leader in Vietnam
The summit, planned for February 27-28, will attempt to further refine an agreement that came out of the first summit in June. The United States and Vietnam normalized ties in 1995, decades after the end of the Vietnam War.

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

But Chuck Schumer, the Democrat leader in the Senate, said: "The president will say the state of our union is strong, but the American people know the truth".

Trump's third speech to a joint session of Congress, delayed by one week following the 35-day government shutdown, opened with a call for unity that was quickly followed by an attack on "partisan investigations".

Her subtle expressions of disapproval provided a stark contrast to Vice President Mike Pence, who often is mocked by Democrats for his nearly adoring gazes at Trump. If a new pact was not agreed, he said the U.S. As of January, the unemployment rate stands at just 4 percent.

But there are several underlying concerns.

"After a tough couple of weeks, this was the reset that Trump needed", Conant said.

Alphabet -2.5% despite Q4 beats
Analysts said Google's core advertising business is starting to plateau, an indication of stiffening competition. Revenues from its cloud business, hardware sales and Play, its music and media service, were $6.4bn.

Trump, however, is digging in on trade.

Trump also said that "foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations" are the only things that can hold the country back.

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.

Mark Knoller, another White House reporter, also noted the missed introduction on Twitter. Many other men wore white ribbons of support. "This is wrong, unfair, and together we can stop it", Trump will say. While Trump did confirm a second summit with the dictator in Vietnam, the speech was light on major announcements. The two met last summer in Singapore, though that meeting only led to a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize.

Late last month, Sen.

Turning to foreign policy, another area where Republicans have increasingly been willing to distance themselves from the president, Trump defended his decisions to withdraw USA troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

Nissan axes UK SUV plan
As Nissan make a U-turn and say sayonara to building the X-trail in Sunderland, the government is left deeply embarrassed. After the weekend's dire news from Nissan, she called again for a people's vote with the option to stay in the EU.

"As a candidate for president, I loudly pledged a new approach", he said.

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