Donald Trump State of the Union highlights: President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address from the podium of the US Congress at the Capitol Hill today. In his address, Trump touched a number of issues ranging from border wall to employment to announcing his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump announced that he will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong-un for a second summit on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.
Calling for bi-partisanship, Trump said, “We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution — and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good.” Trump highlighted the “historic speed” with which his government has created new jobs for the youth.
On the border wall, Trump said that Congress has 10 days left to pass a bill to fund the government, protect its homeland and secure the southern border. “I will get it done!” he exclaimed, adding that the wall work and walls save lives. Trump ended his address by asking the people to keep America first and have faith in her destiny.
Highlights: Donald Trump's State of the Union address
Stacey Abrams gives Democratic response
Stacey Abrams is giving the Democratic response. Abrams lost the race for Governor in in Georgia, and is now thinking about running for Senate in 2020. In her response, Abrams says: "We know bipartisanship could craft a 21st century immigration plan, but this administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart. Compassionate treatment at the border is not the same as open borders. But we must all embrace that from agriculture to healthcare to entrepreneurship, America is made stronger by the presence of immigrants – not walls," reports The Guardian.
"Even as I am very disappointed by the president’s approach to our problems – I still don’t want him to fail. But we need him to tell the truth, and to respect his duties and the extraordinary diversity that defines America," she says.
Stacey Abrams delivered her party's response to President Trump's State of the Union. (AP Photo: John Amis)
Donald Trump says American will never be a socialist country
Trump reiterates that the US recognises Juan Gwydo as president of Venezuela. "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," he says.
"We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will NEVER be a socialist country," Trump adds.
Trump delivers the State of the Union address, with Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at the Capitol in Washington, DC. (Reuters Photo: Doug Mills)
At SOTU 2019, Trump pledges new approach to Middle East
"Great nations do not fight endless wars," Trump says as he pledges a new approach to the Middle East. "As we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home. I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan," Trump says.
Trump has claimed that the US has spent over $7 trillion in the Middle East. The New York Times fact-checks this claim: A 2016 Brown University study put the cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016 at $3.6 trillion. Adding in money for war spending through 2017, the total reached $4.79 trillion.
Trump, Kim Jong-Un to meet in Vietnam on Feb 27-28
Trump announces that he will meet for a second summit on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam. "If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea. Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one," Trump says.
SOTU 2019 | US officially withdraws from INF Treaty with Russia
On national security, Trump says the US will never apologise for advancing America’s interests. Speaking about how Russia has "repeatedly violated" its treaty with the US, Trump announces that US is officially withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF Treaty. "Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can’t –in which case,we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far," he adds.
US President proposes lowering cost of healthcare, drugs
Trump is talking about lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs—and protect patients with pre-existing conditions. He talks about cancer and introduces Grace who was diagnosed with brain cancer six years ago when she was 4. Is this the first time the Democrats have joined Republicans in a standing ovation?
First Lady Melania Trump and young cancer survivor Grace Eline (Reuters Photo: Jim Young)
Trump speaks trade, China at State of the Union address
Donald Trump says America's trade policies is the paramount priority. On China, Trump says, "But I don’t blame China for taking advantage of us — I blame our leaders and representatives for allowing this travesty to happen. I have great respect for President Xi, and we are now working on a new trade deal with China. But it must include real, structural change to end unfair trade practices, reduce our chronic trade deficit, and protect American jobs."
I will get it done, Trump on border wall at SOTU 2019
During his address, Trump emphatically says: "I will get it done!" Saying that wall work and walls save lives, he decribes the border wall as a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — not just a simple concrete wall. His proposal to Congress includes humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry.
Republicans stand and applaud as Democrats remain in their seats as Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the Congress. (Reuters Photo: Leah Millis)
SOTU 2019 | Trump goes off script?
Reporters are saying that Trump went off script while talking about immigration.
.@realDonaldTrump: “I want people to come into our country, in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.” “In the largest numbers ever” was ad libbed, not in prepared remarks.— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) February 6, 2019
SOTU 2019 | Trump on govt shutdown, US-Mexico border
Trump gets down to business, says Congress has 10 days left to pass a bill to fund the government, protect its homeland and secure the southern border. Calling it a "tremendous onslaught" and a "threat to America's wellbeing", Trump says Mexican cities are getting "trucks and buses" of illegal immigrants to the border.
Now is the time for the Congress to show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, and human traffickers out of business.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 6, 2019
The New York Times fact-checks this claim: "Illegal border crossings have been declining for two decades. Customs and Border Protection arrested more than 50,000 people trying to illegally cross the southwestern border each month in October, November and December. While that is an uptick from the monthly average in the fiscal year that ended in September 2017, the numbers pale in comparison to early 2000s, when border arrests averaged about 100,000 per month," it reports.
State of the Union 2019: Donald Trump on jobs
Trump says his administration has moved with "historic speed" to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over many decades. In the last two years, he says, America has created 5.3 million new jobs, and added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs. "We are just getting started," Trump says.
The New York Times fact checks this claim: "The economy has added 454,000 jobs manufacturing jobs since January 2017. That is closely comparable to the pace of job creation during some two-year periods during the Obama administration, and significantly slower than the pace of job creation in manufacturing in the 1990s," it reports.
State of the Union address: Choose greatness, says Trump
Tonight, I ask you to choose greatness, says Trump. "We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution — and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good. Together, we can break decades of political stalemate. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make. We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction," Trump says during his State of the Union address.
Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Reuters: Jim Young)
State of the Union 2019: America to mark two important dates in history this year
"This year, America will recognise two important anniversaries. In June, we mark 75 years of "the great crusade", the allied liberation of Europe in World War 2. On June 6, 1944, 15,000 Americans jumped from the sky and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea to save our civilisation from tyranny," Trump says and introduces three heroes, who wave from the audience.
Noting the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Trump also acknowledges Buzz Aldrin, the second man to step foot on the moon. He too is in the audience.
SOTU 2019 | Donald Trump begins address
Trump begins: "We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential. I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historical breakthroughs for Americans. Millions are watching, hoping we can govern, not as two parties, but as one nation."
Trump arrives to deliver State of the Union
Trump, who says he is looking forward to tonight, has just reached to deliver the State of the Union. First Lady Melania Trump who arrived minutes earlier said she and the President are honoured to welcome the inspiring guests to join us at SOTU. "Each of them have a story - however painful, joyful, or hopeful - these stories bring all Americans together," she said.
First lady Melania Trump arrives for the SOTU
First Lady Melania Trump has arrived for the State of the Union. This is the second consecutive year when she has arrived separately from President Trump.
Trump likely to meet Kim Jong Un on Feb 27
President Trump is expected to announce details of the summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during his annual State of the Union address. However, sources quoted by Reuters say that the President plans to meet with Kim in Vietnam on February 27 and 28.
State of the Union: Why are several women in white?
The House Democratic Women's Working Group has invited members to wear white today as a tribute to the women's suffrage movement. Frankel, the chairwoman of Group, said, "I'm looking forward to wearing suffragette white to #SOTU next week with all @HouseDemWomen! We'll honor all those who came before us and send a message of solidarity that we're not going back on our hard-earned rights!" This is the second time they are wearing white — they did so in 2017 as well.
Democratic members of Congress pose for a photo ahead of President Donald Trump delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo: Andrew Harnik)
Donald Trump to deliver State of the Union shortly
Welcome to the LIVE blog. US President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address shortly.
SOTU 2019: Trump's first address in a House controlled by Democrats
President Trump is leaving the White House right now. His State of the Union this morning will be his first address in a House chamber controlled by the Democrats — the Democrats had taken the lower chamber in the midterms elections in November 2018.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her guest arrive to listen to President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo: Carolyn Kaster)
What is the State of the Union 2019?
The State of the Union or SOTU is an annual speech delivered by the US President to a join session of Congress. The tradition began after President Franklin Roosevelt first described his speech as the “State of the Union” address. The phrase became official under President Harry Truman. Through the address, the President paints a general picture of the nation and economy.
Enshrined in Article II, Section 3, Clause I of the Constitution, the State of the Union is defined as something the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
Donald Trump's State of the Union to begin shortly
US President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress shortly, which includes members of the House and the Senate among other government officials, and indicate the state of the country. The address was delayed by a week due to the government shutdown. Trump is expected to call for optimism and unity. Following his address, Dem Stacey Adams will deliver a response.