President Trump calls for unity but doubles down on partisan border wall demand in State of the Union address
Despite repeating fear-mongering claims about undocumented immigrants, Trump stopped short of declaring a national emergency. It had been widely speculated he was going to use the esteemed event to make the declaration, which legal experts argue would invariably be struck down in court.
At the same time, he wouldn’t completely rule out declaring emergency, as the nation appears headed for a second government shutdown in as many months, with Congress unable to coax the President out of his demand for at least $5.7 billion in wall cash.
“I will get it built,” he said of the wall.
Trump was almost finished with his 90-minute-long address before announcing a second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Feb. 27 and 28.
The unexpected announcement comes amid reports that the isolated Communist regime has continued to develop nuclear weapons in secret despite Trump’s claims of success following his last summit with Kim.
Beyond the wall and Kim, Trump used his speech to make a case for overhauling “calamitous” trade deals, launching sweeping infrastructure initiatives and making health care affordable. The President made nearly identical pleas in his 2018 State of the Union when Republican controlled both houses of Congress, but few — if any — of his stated goals materialized.
With a Democratically controlled House, those goals seem less likely, regardless of Trump’s urging.
Led by Pelosi (D-Calif.), dozens of female Democratic lawmakers wore white, suffragette-styled clothes for the speech and remained seated with arms crossed as their Republican colleagues rose for standing ovations throughout the President’s address.
The one laugh-line in the entire speech was when Democratic women legislators — many of whom were elected on firmly anti-Trump agendas — rose to cheer after the President took credit for putting more women in the workplace.
Source: News 18