One night a year, during the State of the Union address, President Trump sets aside his affinity for combat to offer up 90 minutes of stand-up comity to a national audience.
“The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda,” Mr. Trump said, opening his speech on a conventionally presidential note on Tuesday. “It is the agenda of the American people.”
A couple of hours earlier, during a private lunch with network anchors that did not stay private long, Mr. Trump called Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, “nasty,” described former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as “dumb,” ripped into Senator John McCain, and derided Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”
The speech itself, embedded with patriotic language and delivered in a reassuring tone, veered between two moods — combative and conciliatory — reflecting a president at a crossroads ahead of an uncertain 2019.
Here are four takeaways.
For more than a month, Mr. Trump has threatened to invoke a state of emergency along the southern border with Mexico, in an attempt to circumvent Congress, which has refused to give him .7 billion for a border wall.
But it was not until this week that Senate Republicans — many of whom vehemently oppose the idea on the grounds that it tramples legislative prerogative — made it clear that diverting funding from other projects for a wall, in the name of a national emergency, was a nonstarter.
For the moment, Mr. Trump heeded their wishes. The emergency declaration was not among his demands for increased border security.
It was, to a significant degree, an act of political self-protection.
At the weekly Republican Senate lunch held in the Capitol a few hours before Mr. Trump’s speech, Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the majority whip, was asked about the likelihood of the president invoking emergency powers. Mr. Thune replied by saying he believed that the president would avoid a confrontation with his own party because too many Republicans opposed it — and it would take only four Republican defections to pass a measure opposing the move.
Mr. Trump would do the right thing, he predicted, because “all you have to do is count to four,” Mr. Thune quipped, according to a person in attendance.
Mr. Trump began the night by optimistically playing up “a new opportunity in American politics, if only we have the courage to seize it.”
And he expressed support for a variety of popular initiatives that enjoy widespread popularity among Democrats, including new funding to eradicate AIDS, a campaign to reduce childhood cancers and yet another commitment to try to fix the country’s “crumbling infrastructure.”
Then, about 15 minutes into the address, Mr. Trump hit on an issue foremost in his consciousness — the looming threat of congressional investigations into his conduct.
First, he offered what amounted to a plea for the new Democratic majority in the House to avoid “ridiculous partisan investigations” and cautioned his enemies not to seek “revenge” against him.
Then came the bluntest of threats to the woman sitting behind him, Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way!” he said.
“We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad,” he said.
Already facing a divided Congress, Mr. Trump has been rebuked by members of his own party in recent days over his decision to pull troops from Syria and his demands for a border wall.
In response, he invoked two issues that have been used to rally divided conservatives for decades — the fights against abortion and socialism.
“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days,” he said, referring to efforts by Democrats in New York and Virginia to loosen restrictions on abortion rights.
In recent days, Republicans on Capitol Hill have been circulating talking points urging them to highlight plans by Democrats, including the freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, to increase taxes on the wealthy.
“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Mr. Trump said. “America was founded on liberty and independence — and not government coercion, domination and control.”
Mr. Trump dedicated several minutes to listing his economic accomplishments on behalf of women as he faced row upon row of seats occupied by Democratic women wearing white, in a visual demonstration of their unprecedented power in a House run by one of their own.
“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year,” said Mr. Trump, who seemed genuinely surprised by the thunderous applause it evoked from women on both sides of the aisle.
“You weren’t supposed to do that,” said the president, who went on to praise the record-breaking election of 117 women to Congress in 2018.
That, too, garnered a hearty ovation. He has a long way to go, however.
Recent polls show that large majorities of women disapprove of his performance.Want more? Keep reading for the updates posted on Tuesday.
With 10 days left for Congress to pass a border security package and avert another government shutdown, Mr. Trump devoted a significant portion of his speech to making the case for his signature campaign proposal: a wall at the southern border.
“This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — not just a simple concrete wall,” he said, adding, “Simply put, WALLS WORK and WALLS SAVE LIVES.”
But as Mr. Trump raised the time frame to keep the government fully funded, the Democrats tensed and Republicans continued to applaud.
Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, buried her head in her hands. As he detailed a litany of familiar talking points about caravans marching toward the United States, there was a disgruntled round of groans, punctuated by a couple boos as they looked around at each other, shaking their heads.
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Representative Veronica Escobar, Democrat of Texas, whose district includes most of El Paso, was visibly angry after Mr. Trump referenced her district and the decrease in crime. She appeared to mouth that it was safe before the wall and after the wall.
“Oh my God, oh my God,” she mouthed to her colleagues, her arms crossed as other representatives looked over in her direction.
There were also some unhappy murmurs when he described the increase in troops at the southern border and scoffs at his description of the “savage MS-13 gang.”
The audience for Mr. Trump’s State of the Union address looked like a striking sea of white, with Democratic women — many dressed in white in a nod to the women’s suffragist movement — sitting together. Midway through the president’s speech, they did something completely unexpected: They stood up and cheered.
“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year,” Mr. Trump said, prompting the women to roar their approval. After all, many of them had new jobs, in the House, which they took from men.
“You weren’t supposed to do that,” the president said, smiling.
“All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the work force than ever before,” Mr. Trump went on, adding, “Don’t sit yet. You’re going to like this.”
And then he delivered his biggest applause line: “Exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before.”
It was a striking moment for a president who has been routinely accused of misogyny, who paid hush money to a pornographic film actress and a Playboy model and who spoke in vulgar terms as he admitted on videotape that he had sexually assaulted women.
Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia legislature, narrowly lost her bid to be the first African-American female governor in the South, but it was the way she lost — amid charges of voter suppression and vote rigging — that really rankled.
In choosing Ms. Abrams to give the Democratic response, her party’s leaders were tapping a crusader for voting rights, and that is what she delivered.
“While I acknowledged the results of the 2018 election here in Georgia, I did not and we cannot accept efforts to undermine our right to vote,” Ms. Abrams said. “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. We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a ‘power grab.’ Americans understand that these are the values our brave men and women in uniform and our veterans risk their lives to defend.”
She also tackled race, even as a Democratic governor, Ralph Northam of Virginia, fights for his political survival after photos of a man in black face and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe emerged in his medical school yearbook.
“We fought Jim Crow with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, yet we continue to confront racism from our past and in our present,” she said, “which is why we must hold everyone from the very highest offices to our own families accountable for racist words and deeds — and call racism what it is: wrong.”
Mr. Trump plans to sit down with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, this month in Vietnam, a country chosen as a neutral location for their second nuclear summit meeting, but one that also has plenty of symbolic significance.
Mr. Trump hopes the meeting will jump-start a diplomatic effort that has stalled since their first encounter, last June in Singapore. While North Korea since then has refrained from overtly provocative actions like testing nuclear warheads or ballistic missiles, it has yet to agree to actually give up any piece of its atomic arsenal.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one,” Mr. Trump said. “Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27th and 28th in Vietnam.”
After spending the first portion of his speech patting himself on the back for what he views as his administration’s accomplishments, including low unemployment, Mr. Trump issued a stern warning to the Democrats now in charge of the House.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations,” he said. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way!”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi smirked behind him.
Representative Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, smiled. He has already begin examining whether money laundering could have motivated Mr. Trump’s coziness with Russian oligarchs.
This year’s State of the Union address was the second longest in recorded history, according to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The project’s data dates to 1964. Tonight’s address surpassed Mr. Trump’s first State of the Union speech by about two minutes, but falls short of former President Bill Clinton’s 2000 address by about six minutes.
President Trump delivered a message of bipartisan unity on Tuesday night in his first address to Congress in the new era of divided government, but any hope of enduring harmony was dispelled long before he arrived at the Capitol.
Mr. Trump, who has warred with Democrats for weeks over his plan to build a wall along the nation’s southwestern border, hoped to use the nationally televised speech to present himself as a leader who can work across party lines even as he continued to press lawmakers to give him money for the barrier.
“Together, we can break decades of political stalemate,” Mr. Trump told lawmakers from the rostrum of the House of Representatives. “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.”
Mr. Trump signaled that he would not back off his hard-line immigration policies that have polarized the country. “No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working class and America’s political class than illegal immigration,” he was to add, according to excerpts released by the White House. “Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.”
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was spared any discomfort that might have come with the ritual introduction of the president of the United States. The president jumped the gun.
Before she could utter the traditional, “Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you the president of the United States,” Mr. Trump had already started speaking.
While Mr. Trump forgot to have Ms. Pelosi introduce him, another Republican president — George W. Bush — made a big deal of Ms. Pelosi’s introduction of him in 2007, the year she first became speaker.
“Tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own — as the first president to begin the State of the Union message with these words: Madam Speaker,” Mr. Bush said then.
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【吴】【仪】【看】【一】【眼】【跑】【过】【来】【的】**，【皱】【了】【一】【下】【眉】【头】，【这】【才】【点】【头】“【快】【点】，【我】【们】【今】【天】【还】【有】【很】【多】【工】【作】【要】【做】？” 【肖】【月】【赶】【紧】【点】【头】“【我】【知】【道】，【我】【就】【让】【她】【回】【去】。” 【肖】【月】【看】【吴】【仪】【的】【脸】【色】【就】【知】【道】【他】【不】【高】【兴】【了】，【哪】【里】【还】【会】【和】**【多】【说】，【自】【己】【也】【怨】【起】【了】**。 【都】【是】【这】【个】【蠢】【货】，【不】【然】【主】【任】【也】【不】【会】【对】【她】【有】【意】【见】，【也】【不】【知】【道】【会】【不】【会】【对】【她】【的】【印】【象】【不】【好】？
【不】【过】，【这】【种】【岗】【位】，【基】【本】【上】【都】【是】【有】【复】【试】【的】，【很】【少】【很】【少】【的】【情】【况】【下】【是】【一】【次】【面】【试】【就】【过】【得】。 【除】【了】【安】【筱】【晓】【这】【种】【特】【殊】【情】【况】，【连】【面】【试】【都】【没】【有】，【直】【接】【就】【上】【位】【了】，【这】【样】【的】【特】【殊】【情】【况】，【在】【这】【里】，【是】【不】【会】【存】【在】【的】【了】。 【是】【不】【可】【能】【发】【生】【的】【了】。 【只】【有】【一】【次】，【仅】【有】【一】【次】。 【不】【会】【有】【第】【二】【次】【了】。 “【没】【关】【系】，【让】【她】【们】【等】【呗】。”【颜】【逸】【表】【示】【还】【是】【不】
“【你】【是】【怎】【么】【判】【断】【我】【就】【是】【你】【们】【的】【主】【脑】？” “【您】【能】【听】【懂】【虫】【群】【语】【言】，【我】【认】【为】【这】【就】【是】【最】【好】【的】【证】【明】。” 【确】【实】【太】【不】【可】【思】【议】，【伊】【凡】【从】【来】【没】【想】【象】【过】【自】【己】【能】【跟】【虫】【子】【交】【流】，【自】【己】【甚】【至】【能】【清】【晰】【的】【感】【知】【到】【对】【方】【的】【情】【绪】。 “【假】【设】【我】【是】【你】【们】【的】【主】【脑】，【那】【我】【们】【的】【目】【的】【是】【什】【么】？【杀】【人】【放】【火】【无】【恶】【不】【作】【征】【服】【宇】【宙】？” “【主】【脑】，【我】【们】【最】【初】【学】【习】【人】【类】查理九世彩图版老约翰【买】【了】【一】【个】【月】【的】【魔】【兽】【月】【卡】，【回】【味】【下】【好】【几】【年】【不】【玩】【的】【魔】【兽】，【等】【我】【月】【卡】【耗】【尽】【就】【会】【回】【来】【了】
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