Abrams to blast shutdown 'stunt,' call for shared prosperity

GettyUS First Lady Melania Trump waves as she arrives for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington DC

House Speaker and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi stood up to applaud US President Donald Trump during his second State of the Union address on Tuesday night as he called for an end to "revenge politics".

"Together we can break decades of political stalemate", Trump will say.

"Trump did not wait for the Speaker to introduce him to the Congress, which is the protocol".

VPR carried NPR's special live coverage of President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday night - find an annotated version of that speech here - followed by the subsequent Democratic response to the address.

The speech came at a pivotal moment halfway through the president's term as he seeks to regain momentum after the midterm election defeat that handed control of the House to Democrats and after his failed effort to use a partial government shutdown to extract money for the wall.

Throughout the 35-day shutdown, Trump made multiple attempts to convince Democrats and the public of the need for a border wall.

Trump, who argued that his brand of foreign policy was "principled realism", claimed that the USA would be in a "major war" with the DPRK had he not been elected, and confirmed that he would meet with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.

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On his foreign policy, which Trump described as "principled realism", the president confirmed that he would meet Democratic People's Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in late February.

Hard on the heels of a long shot on Sanders came the words: "Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country". If a new pact was not agreed, he said the U.S. Trump has been teasing the meeting in recent weeks.

Trump, however, is digging in on trade. Whose speech did you like better, hers or Trump's?

"House Democratic Caucus supports a well-regulated, free market economy that is also anchored in a robust social safety net including Social Security and Medicare", Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries told reporters Wednesday when asked about Trump's remarks. Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to be elected to Congress, wore white to be sworn in in 1969.

Trump derided Abrams as "unqualified" for statewide office during her gubernatorial campaign. -North Korean talks. Since agreeing past 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 repeated his claim that the Islamic State has been destroyed.

"You weren't supposed to do that", Trump joked, as even the congresswoman who said "we're gonna impeach the motherf***er" smiled and cheered. And Republicans like new Houston Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, have warned Trump against a complete withdrawal from Syria.

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