We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future.The decision is ours to make.” It’s something of an irony Trump is choosing to highlight togetherness after the longest government shutdown in American history, in which he amped up divisions over immigration and his campaign promise to build a border wall.[applause] The US economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when I took office, and we are considered far and away the hottest economy anywhere in the world. Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century.
Democrats have said they don’t want to negotiate over border security with federal workers’ paychecks in the balance.
Trump finally reopened the government, but has been continuing to keep up pressure on building the wall.
In June we marked 75 years since the start of what Gen.
Dwight Eisenhower called “the great crusade,” the Allied liberation of Europe in World War II.
We have virtually ended the estate tax, or death tax that is — as it is called, for small businesses, ranches and family farms.
We eliminated the very unpopular Obamacare individual mandate penalty and to give critically-ill patients access to life-saving cures, we passed very importantly, right to try.
After the speech, Stacey Abrams, whose run for Georgia governor galvanized Democrats although it was ultimately unsuccessful, will respond for Democrats. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will also issue a response of his own.
You can watch the full live stream of the State of the Union above or on the White House You Tube channel. Trump: Thank you very much Madam Speaker, vice president, members of Congress, the first lady of the United States. We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential, as we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans.
[applause] Together we can break decades of political stalemate.
We can bridge all divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction. [applause] Over the last two years, my administration has moved with a urgency and historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over many decades.