President Trump delivered his State of the Union address before congress divided by party lines and polarizing ideologies, and urged lawmakers on both sides to come together to achieve great things for the United States. “We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good,” said Trump.
Trump went on to vent his frustration with promised Democratic investigations into multiple aspects of his personal business and decisions he’s made during his tenure as president. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way,” Trump said as a handful of Republican lawmakers applauded in approval.
He strongly defended his stance on illegal immigration, saying the caravan that is currently heading to the United States must be stopped before they cross the border. Trump also remained adamant in his demand for a border wall to be built along the southern border, a position which caused the 35-day partial government shutdown over which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi postponed the State of the Union address. “My administration has sent to Congress a commonsense proposal to end the crisis on our southern border. It 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” Trump told Congress. He added “In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall, but the proper wall never got built. I will get it built.”
Trump continued by advocating for a number of his administrations agendas, including fairer drug pricing, combatting HIV/AIDS, and further criminal justice reform, following the passage of the recent passage and enactment of the First Step Act, which reformed sentencing and rehabilitation guidelines for non-violent offenders of the law.
President Trump also made a strong statement of support for the pro-life movement, appealing to Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of a fetus that can feel pain inside the mother’s womb. “All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God,” said Trump.
Trump also voiced his support for the people in Venezuela protester dictator Nicolas Maduro’s repressive regime, and took some credit for advances the US military has made against ISIS in Syria. He also said the United States is in serious talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan to come to a final peace solution, saying “the time has come” for a lasting peace to take hold.
The president then denounced anti-Semitism in a powerful message to anti-Semites, some of whom believe Trump is on their side. Bringing up the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Trump called anti-Semitism a scourge on the United States which must be erased.