Donald Trump returned to a theme that dominated the second year of his presidency — a quest for a border wall with Mexico to cope with what he said is a crisis of crime and drugs in the United States caused by illegal immigration.
Donald Trump State of the Union (SOTU) 2019 highlights: "We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction," Trump said during his State of the Union address.
The State of the Union address has long been a platform for presidents to report on key issues and seek congressional support. This is not the first time it has been used to make a statement about the nation’s lingering divisions over immigration.
The new Democrats — many of them women, and many of them people of colour — are planning to send their own pointed messages to the president with their choices of guests and attire. Many women will wear white — the colour of the women’s suffrage movement — to spotlight issues like reproductive rights and equal pay.
The move is the latest in a game of political brinksmanship between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as they remain locked in an increasingly personal standoff over Trump's demand for border wall funding.