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    President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif, arrives to listen to President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    President Donald Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, after delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Watching are from left, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    The U.S. Capitol dome is shown, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, after President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address before the joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Published February 06. 2019 07:53AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency.

Trump appealed Tuesday night for bipartisanship but refused to yield on the hard-line immigration policies that have infuriated Democrats and forced the recent government shutdown. He renewed his call for a border wall and cast illegal immigration as a threat to Americans’ safety and economic security.

Trump accepted no blame for his role in cultivating the rancorous atmosphere in the nation’s capital, and he didn’t outline a clear path for collaborating with Democrats who are eager to block his agenda. Their opposition was on vivid display as Democratic congresswomen in the audience formed a sea of white in a nod to early 20th-century suffragettes.

Trump is staring down a two-year stretch that will determine whether he is re-elected or leaves office in defeat. His speech sought to shore up Republican support that had eroded slightly during the recent government shutdown and previewed a fresh defense against Democrats as they ready a round of investigations into every aspect of his administration.

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he declared. Lawmakers in the cavernous House chamber sat largely silent.

Looming over the president’s address was a fast-approaching Feb. 15 deadline to fund the government and avoid another shutdown. Democrats have refused to acquiesce to his demands for a border wall, and Republicans are increasingly unwilling to shut down the government to help him fulfill his signature campaign pledge. Nor does the GOP support the president’s plan to declare a national emergency if Congress won’t fund the wall.

Wary of publicly highlighting those intraparty divisions, Trump made no mention of an emergency declaration in his remarks. He did offer a lengthy defense of his call for a border wall, declaring: “I will build it.” But he delivered no ultimatums about what it would take for him to sign legislation to keep the government open.

“I am asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country,” he said, painting a dark and foreboding picture of the risks posed to Americans by illegal immigration.

The 72-year-old Trump harkened back to moments of American greatness, celebrating the moon landing as astronaut Buzz Aldrin looked on from the audience and heralding the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. He led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump.

“Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history. What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered?” Trump said.

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer. But he also appealed to his political base, both with his harsh rhetoric on immigration and a call for Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the “late-term abortion of children.”

Trump devoted much of his speech to foreign policy, another area where Republicans have increasingly distanced themselves from the White House. He announced details of a second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, outlining a Feb. 27-28 summit in Vietnam.

Trump and Kim’s first summit garnered only a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize. But the president said his outreach to Pyongyang had made the U.S. safer.

“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,” he said.

As he condemned political turmoil in Venezuela, Trump declared that “America will never be a socialist country” — a remark that may also have been targeted at high-profile Democrats who identify as socialists.  

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. And several senators running for president were also in the audience, including Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, delivered the party’s response to Trump. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become America’s first black female governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for U.S. Senate from Georgia.

Speaking from Atlanta, Abrams calls the shutdown a political stunt that “defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values.”

Trump’s address amounted to an opening argument for his re-election campaign. Polls show he has work to do, with his approval rating falling to just 34 percent after the shutdown, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

One bright spot for the president has been the economy, which has added jobs for 100 straight months.

“The only thing that can stop it,” he said, “are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations” — an apparent swipe at the special counsel investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign, as well as the upcoming congressional investigations.

The diverse Democratic caucus, which includes a bevy of women, sat silently for much of Trump’s speech. But they leapt to their feet when he noted there are “more women in the workforce than ever before.”

The increase is due to population growth — and not something Trump can credit to any of his policies.

The president also defended his decisions to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan over the opposition from national security officials and many Republican lawmakers.

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

IS militants have lost territory since Trump’s surprise announcement in December that he was pulling U.S. forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup within six months to a year of the Americans leaving. Several leading GOP lawmakers have sharply criticized his plans to withdraw from Syria, as well as from Afghanistan.

Trump’s guests for the speech included Alice Marie Johnson, a woman whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by the president, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who has been bullied over his last name. They sat with Mrs. Trump during the address.

Comments
Trump's idea of Unity? "Do it my way", "Ignore my Crimes"!
LOSER LOSER LOSER
State of the Union? Circling the Bowl! MAGA!
Hello again DO. Thanks again for the entertaining hate rant. You spew vile things rather than do even a superficial fact review. Most people do not willingly display public ignorance. You seem to be proud of it. I guess that eating those lead-based paint chips is catching up with you. Something sure is affecting you. Why don’t you try and be positive. Make your parents proud of your posts. Be a contributing member of society. Thank a policeman, or a teacher, or ... You always insult everyone. The USA is a great country. I was fortunate enough to serve in Uncle Sam’s “deviant republican” military, as you indicated elsewhere. I reply in the honor of those who have fallen, not so much for educating you. But, to set the record straight, if you only knew the fine people that go into harms way to protect you and your right to speak, you would be ashamed of yourself. Everyday, I am so glad to have been born in America that I thank my lucky stars. My ancestors served in every war this country was ever in. Freedom isn’t free. When you go into combat you get a lump in your throat and you shake sometimes. Only a soldier can understand that feeling. You never forget it either. The real heroes don’t boast about it. They are dead. Don’t insult things that you can never understand.
One other point to indicate how off-based you are. You insulted the name Rambo. That is my dogs name. That is all. He is a beautiful black German Shepard that I got after I separated from the mil. He is probably smarter than you. You are a bigot that is in desperate need of an intervention before you self-destruct. The only thing worse than an idiots opinion is the time wasted in reading it. Get a mental evaluation, please!
What Crimes Dig?
After two years of "Special Counsel" there still hasn't been any "Collusion" substantiated.
As far as his activities of 10-20 years ago... He was a Democrat back then. He was hanging with folks like the Clintons. He was merely being a Democrat. He's... well to use the same term they used to explain the Kenyan's view of sexual perversion... he's evolved. Chill Dig. Things are getting Great Again
The Socialists were schooled, and the women were ruled... by truth.
When our great President claimed that the U.S. will never become a Socialist Country, Crazy Bernie looked dismantled.
When our great President laid out the statistics on employment of women they became ruled as members of congress need be. The women in white could not disagree with with what they heard.
Right Mike Meyers! Some will never understand. President Trump is a great president. The economy is rocking, businesses are not shackled with needless regulations, the military has teeth...I could go on and on. After eight long years with an incompetent president (that I have nothing personally against), things are all better. All you have to do is look-if you can open your eyes.
The economy was supposed to be the new economy. A global adjustment.
$1.3B went to Iran (ask Kerry) as they chant “death to America” in forced protests.
James Taylor got sent to Paris to sing “You Got a Friend” instead of military support vs terrorists.
President Obama went on a global apology tour for America.
Etc, etc, etc,
Look up the changes to the ROE Rules of Engagement for combat. Handcuffs off our fighting men/women.
Thank You President Trump! MAGA
I have three sons who served, two in war (infantry) under the Kenyan's command. The Kenyan tried to transform America, and dam near did, now we'll take it back to greatness. American Patriots endured eight years of chaos under the Kenyan, and we did it with dignity.
About the only thing the Kid from Kenya was successful at, was increase in guns and ammo sales. Bwa ha ha ha
Oh look at the two Deviant Republicans kissing each other's asses on The TN comment pages. Come on Rambo! Don't be a cheapskate! Don't romance Mikey here! Take him down to the VFW to meet the rest of the girls. Oh don't forget your state of the union DVD, The VFW Deviants like porn.
Hi again DO. Back like a moth drawn to a flame, eh? Do strange noises follow you around? Ever feel like attacking someone? Been to jail...again? Got some inner rage issues that are tough to control? Life long under-achiever? You bet. Sit on the sidelines and snap at others. That’s it. Thank god for the warriors that walk into the VFW (and Legion) that keep you and your sorry weak pathetic a** free! Keep those pajamas on all the time and ridicule everyone. President Trump makes a liberal hater (not all liberals- just a couple) like you collapse. You are on full display. Keep it up!
So you're Mikey's bitch! I'm sorry ! I had it the other way around. Be careful mikey will break your heart! You girls are so cute! I wish you the best, don't forget me when it comes time for the wedding! Thanks for taking the high road and extending that "unity" thing! Insults go a long way to achieving that! "The Trump way or nothing" thanks for proving my point, Republicun+
Better give that therapist a call for a little tweaking up DO. Did you catch the annual Prayer Breakfast speech by President Trump? It was awesome! Maybe you can find the courage to watch and understand it. How about A.M. 790 (1200-1500) weekdays for Rush Limbaugh a great presentation of current events- if you have the courage to try to understand opposing viewpoints. I challenge you! All you do Is insult everyone. You are a bigot. When you go to sleep tonight remember that Republicans still love you. We will carry you. Insulting others is the easiest thing to do. Good luck to you!

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