Fact Check: Annotated State Of The Union Address And Democratic Response

09 February, 2019, 00:26 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Mitch Mc Connell leaves the chamber after speaking about his plan in the standoff between Trump and Democrats that has led to a partial government shutdown at the Capitol in Washington Jan. 22 2019

Before launching into border security and the shutdown, Trump is expected to lead with his take on what is going right (or well) under his presidency, namely the economy and low unemployment rate.

The shutdown left some Republicans frustrated over his insistence on a border wall, something they warned him the new Democratic House majority would not bend on.

With the budget deadline approaching and Democrats refusing to compromise on funding for a border wall, President Trump is promising to secure the border by sending thousands more soldiers in lieu of an actual barrier. I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. Still, the president was expected to hammer his case that the situation at the southern border represents a humanitarian and security crisis. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who won plaudits from Democrats for her hard-line negotiating tactics during the shutdown, will be seated behind the president - a visual reminder of Trump's political opposition. Some Democratic women will be wearing white, the colourfavoured by early 20th-century suffragettes. And several senators running for president were also in the audience, including Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren?

Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, delivered the party's response to Trump. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become Georgia's first black governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for Senate.

This could include infrastructure improvements, lowering prescription drug costs and healthcare. Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives are opposed to funding a wall.

She has shown no sign of budging from her opposition to Mr Trump's wall-funding demand.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY accused Trump of "blatant hypocrisy", saying the president may want to talk about unity on Tuesday but "spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us".

Minutes later, Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Schumer hadn't even seen the speech and was "just upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune". But he delivered no ultimatums about what it would take for him to sign legislation to keep the government open. They have until February 15 to reach a deal and avert another partial government shutdown.


"To every Republican: If you don't stand behind this president, we're not going to stand behind you when it comes to the wall", Graham said.

While Mr Trump was still putting the final touches on the speech on Tuesday, he was expected to use some of his televised address to showcase a growing economy. Despite the shutdown, the USA economy added a robust 304,000 jobs in January, marking 100 straight months of job growth. That's the longest such period on record.

President Trump will deliver the State of the Union on Tuesday.

Section 284 also authorizes the president to deploy the USA military to the southern border to build fences to assist "counterdrug activities or activities to counter transnational organized crime". Trump has been teasing the meeting in recent weeks. "We'll be at 100".

"Great nations do not fight endless wars", he said, adding that the U.S.is working with allies to "destroy the remnants" of the Islamic State group and that he has "accelerated" efforts to reach a settlement in Afghanistan.

USA officials say the Islamic State group now controls less than 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) of territory in Syria, an area smaller than New York's Central Park.

Trump's guests for the speech include Anna Marie Johnson, a woman whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by the president, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who has been bullied over his last name. After Pelosi and the lawmakers chose to fly commercial instead, the Trump administration denied them military support and instructed them to get permission from Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House Chief of Staff. Pelosi called this a "complete violation of separation of powers".

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