Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration

"Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards".

It's common for party leadership to have meetings with family members, political figures and State of the Union guests ahead of the address.

It was when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stood and applauded a line from Trump's speech in a way that seemed rife with sarcasm to many observers. In a rejoinder to some Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), who have proposed getting rid of ICE over allegations that the agency has abused its powers in conducting enforcement raids, Trump said: "I will never abolish our heroes from ICE".

Because of the record-long government shutdown, Trump's speech came a week later than originally planned. He said the USA has "the hottest economy anywhere in the world".

Stacey Abrams, who delivered the official Democratic rebuttal to the president only briefly mentioned climate change as an important issue during her speech. Trump and congressional Democrats reached a deal last month to reopen the government for three weeks until February 15, while negotiations continue over border security and a spending package that includes the billions he has requested to construct the wall he promised Mexico would pay for while on the 2016 campaign trail. "Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country". The stock market, meanwhile, is down more than 3 percent since Trump's last State of the Union address, due to uncertainty about Trump's trade policy.

To build on US economic success, Trump will say that "one priority is paramount: reversing decades of calamitous trade policies".

The White House is also considering imposing tariffs of up to 25 percent on imports of automobiles and vehicle parts.

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"In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall".

Foreign policy, including Trump's talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will be a heavy focus of the speech. "This is wrong, unfair, and together we can stop it", Trump will say. -North Korean talks. Since agreeing a year ago 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.

"Now is the time for 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", Trump said in his address.

Trump will speak about the future of the ongoing conflicts overseas in Syria and Afghanistan.

"As a candidate for president, I pledged a new approach".

"Great nations do not fight endless wars", he said, adding that the working with allies to "destroy the remnants" of the Islamic State group and that he has "accelerated" efforts to reach a settlement in Afghanistan.

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