Washington DC: US President Donald Trump’s on Tuesday night delivered his annual state of address at the Capitol in Washington. As he delivered his second State of the Union address, Trump said that he would build the border wall along the United States and Mexico. “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.
During his speech, Trump asserted that the theft of American job and wealth has come to an end. “We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries & stealing our intellectual properties, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end.”
“Therefore, we recently imposed tariffs on 250 billion dollars of Chinese goods & now our treasury is receiving billions & billions of dollars. But I don’t blame China for taking advantage of us, I blame our leaders & representatives for allowing this travesty to happen, Trump continued.
Talking about his relations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump reinstated that it was a “good one”. “We will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam,” Donald Trump said.
Trump slammed “ridiculous partisan investigations” and called for an end to “war and investigation”. His administration has been hampered with several probes, including multiple ones into the 2016 election, and now that Democrats hold the majority in the House things might get difficult.
Dressed in all white, a group of Democratic women stood to cheer as he was discussing women in the workforce — even Trump was surprised.
“No one has benefited more from a thriving economy than women who have filled 58 per cent of the newly created jobs last year,” he said. “You weren’t supposed to do that,” Trump joked. “Thank you very much. Thank you very much. All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before.”
He called for collaboration on jobs, trade, infrastructure, healthcare, immigration, and foreign policy. “Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country,” Trump said.
“Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now, gathered in this great chamber, hoping that we will govern not as two parties but as one nation.
“The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. It is the agenda of the American People,” he said.
Many of the Democratic lawmakers dressed in white stood to applaud, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution – and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good,” Trump said.
Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence both stood to clap after that line.
“Together, we can break decades of political stalemate,” he added. But when he said “the state of our union is strong”, Pelosi, sitting right behind Trump, did not clap. Some Republicans in the House stood and chanted “USA.”
The President acknowledged Buzz Aldrin, who was in attendance on Tuesday night, thanking the Apollo 11 astronaut before saying in 2019, “American astronauts will go back to space on American rockets”.
(With agency inputs)