Trump delivers 2nd State of the Union address

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Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject "the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution".

President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a speech that was, in equal measure, surprisingly bipartisan and deeply divisive - reflective of the deep contradictions that sit at the heart of his presidency.

While some Democrats stood to applaud the last line pledging the USA will never become a socialist country - including a handful of Democrats running for president in 2020 - most of the party reacted with dismay that Trump went there.

She said the Republican's mischaracterize the Democratic "compassionate treatment at the border" as "open borders".

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"Simply put, walls work and walls save lives". The President discussed some initiatives that have broad, bipartisan support and should be our focus over the coming year.

"This administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart", Abrams declared. "They've been doing it for decades", she said.

The speech painted a portrait of menacing immigrants endangering Americans and a sharp challenge to Congress to build the wall.

Trump's appeals for bipartisanship in his State of the Union address clashed with the rancorous atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation's capital - as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his agenda during his next two years in office.

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"Making their livelihoods a pawn for political games is a disgrace", she said.

The 35-day shutdown, Abrams will say, "defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values". While the number of women in Congress smashed records after the 2018 elections, the number of Republican women fell. The House speaker invites the president to give the State of the Union speech, and while she had initially done so, she requested he postpone the speech during the government shutdown. "We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a "power grab, '" she added, a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's description of House Democrats" efforts to overhaul United States election law. "We owe them safe schools and the highest standards, regardless of ZIP code", Abrams said. "We go there so that they don't come here". Almost all female Democrats remained stone-faced when President Trump spoke of protecting the life of pain-capable unborn babies (as well as when he cheered low unemployment for minorities and the disabled and urged the fight to end sex trafficking), while they cheered wildly for themselves -the only point during the entire highly bipartisan speech they felt so compelled to enthusiastically cheer. Kemp was Georgia's secretary of state and had oversight of Georgia's voting laws. "This is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country". Abrams got 85,000 more votes in November than Democrat Hillary Clinton got against Trump in 2016.

Instead, with Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence seated behind him, he set out a plan closer to something that could be acceptable to Democrats, saying his proposal was for "a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier-not just a simple concrete wall". The call to wear black came days after celebrities had attended the Golden Globe Awards dressed in black to show solidarity with the movements, which have deeply affected Hollywood.

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He said: "I see Schumer is already criticising my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn't seen it yet". Funding for those agencies runs out again February 15 and, so far, no permanent deal has been reached.

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