Trump mixes calls for unity with combative jabs

Trump mixes calls for unity with combative jabs

Trump mixes calls for unity with combative jabs

President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union speech Tuesday night, and the thing was a rollercoaster ride.

Still, a union hall in Atlanta doesn't compare to the grandeur - and bright lights - of the House chamber, where Trump delivered his speech.

He dismissed former Vice President Joe Biden as "dumb", called Sen. On Tuesday, President Trump delivered his speech but his eagerness may have gotten the better of him.

He also will make another pitch for his proposed southern border wall.

One of the more memorable moments of the night came when the president took credit for an increase of women in the workforce. And with Trump in the White House and the 2020 Democratic race already in full swing, it was prime season for reaction shots of Democrats deeply disgruntled about Trump's pronouncements.

Trump is expected to focus much of his prime-time speech on dangers at the border with Mexico.

The address was postponed after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to invite Trump to the Capitol in the midst of the government shutdown, stressing that it would not be appropriate under the circumstances.

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That prompted Pelosi to send another letter to the president, this time more forceful in her language. President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning and slammed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Abrams then shifted her speech to address the Republican Party more generally, saying hard-working people are falling behind because of Republicans who don't know their constituents.

Stacey Abrams stepped onto the biggest stage of her political career Tuesday and accused President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans of abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord.

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.

"We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom - and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair", Trump said. "He's going to lay out the case". "That's why I thought it was important to bring whistleblower Joel Clement to the speech tonight to help give voice to those the Trump Administration has tried to silence on the issue of climate change". The counter-puncher in chief charged Schumer with being "upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would".

In a surprising remark, Trump said he wanted "people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally", before again linking illegal immigration to murders, gang violence and crime, and argued tolerance for illegal immigration was "cruel". Expect Republican members to shower him in applause and a few standing ovations as he speaks of what he calls a humanitarian and security "crisis", and when he drops some version of his "walls work" line.

"The president's appeals to unity rang hollow, because he insists on sowing hatred, fear, and division - with rhetoric demonizing immigrants and spreading misinformation about our border".

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