WASHINGTON – The temporary government shutdown caused President Trump to postpone his State of the Union address. This is an annual event given by the President of the United States and Trump decided to focus on two of his favorite issues. First, was his upcoming summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and the second was the construction of the US-Mexico border wall.
President Donald Trump took credit for ensuring peace in the Korean peninsula while he and Jong-un worked at denuclearization. Trump confirmed that his next meeting with North Korea’s leader will take place in Vietnam and will be near the end of February. He also told Congress that the US-Mexico border wall is key to stopping illegal immigration.
Donald Trump’s priorities
Trump stopped short of mentioning of declaring a national emergency if Congress refused to provide funds for the wall. Donald Trump claimed to have played a key role in averting a war between North and South Korea, resulting in millions of lives being saved. While the “path to peace” is a long one, Pyongyang has made a start. North Korea has agreed to halt testing of its nuclear weapons and has stopped launching missiles for 15 months. President Trump believes this is a sign of Kim Jong-un’s sincerity.
During his speech on the border wall, he did not provide any fresh strategy. He called on Congress to work together and reach a deal that will truly make America safe. He also touched on Afghanistan and said his administration is speaking with different parties, including the Taliban. The reduction in US troops in Afghanistan depends on the satisfactory completion of talks.
Female Democrats gave Trump a standing ovation
Democratic female lawmakers attending the State of the Union had a coordinated dress code. All of them wore white in celebration of the 100th anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote. President Trump addressed there being more women in the workforce and in Congress than ever before, female Democrats actually gave him a standing ovation. The President’s speech lasted for 82 minutes. The theme of his address was “Choosing Greatness.”
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