Trump Makes Last Appeal for Wall Funding in State of Union Address

Northam arrives for a news conference in the Governors Mansion in Richmond Va. Feb. 2 2019

Steve Helber APVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam arrives for a news conference in the Governor's Mansion in Richmond Va. Feb. 2 2019

With the longest government shutdown in American history over and the looming possibility of a new one in the coming days, Trump attempted to call for bipartisanship as he listed his administration's accomplishments when it comes to criminal justice reform, trade deals, energy production and the economy. But his message clashed with the rancorous atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation's capital, as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his path during his next two years in office. "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation". He pushed his party into a lengthy government shutdown over border security, only to cave to Democrats. "But a proper wall never got built". But he delivered no ultimatums about what it would take for him to sign legislation to keep the government open. Trump urged Republicans and Democrats to come together Tuesday to "confront an urgent national crisis" at "our very risky southern border" that he claimed includes crime, drugs and human trafficking caused by illegal immigration.

Foreign policy, including Trump's talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will be a heavy focus of the speech.

The national debt has ballooned to almost $22 trillion and recently accelerated thanks in large part to Trump's 2017 tax cuts. -North Korean talks. Since agreeing previous year to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the two sides have not been able to agree on what that means or how it will be carried out.

The president was surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was praised by Democrats for her hard-line negotiating during the shutdown, sat behind Trump as he spoke. The female lawmakers wore white in honor of the suffrage movement that gave women the right to vote. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to persuade Abrams, 45, to run for Senate in 2020, sensing the opportunity to flip a Republican-held seat and bolster turnout in Georgia, which could become a presidential battleground. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Stacey Ambrams delivered the Democratic Response to the State of the Union Address.

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Trump's address amounted to an opening argument for his re-election campaign. Trump's approval rating sank steadily during the shutdown, as opinion polls showed more Americans blamed him than Democrats for the impasse that resulted in 800,000 federal workers being furloughed or forced to work without pay.

One bright spot for the president has been the economy, which has added jobs for 100 straight months. But the president said his outreach to Pyongyang had made the US safer.

"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States - and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations", the President said.

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.

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