(WASHINGTON) State of the Union Highlights: Donald Trump made the case during on Tuesday night that the United States is well on its way to restoring the greatness he promised during the 2016 campaign but this call to many Democrats for a wall to protect the people fell on deaf ears even though he hinted at a see-through steel barrier #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.06: “The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda, it is the agenda of the American people,” Trump declared: “In the 20th century, America saved freedom, transformed science, and redefined the middle class standard of living for the entire world to see,” he continued, echoing his famous “Make America Great Again” slogan: “Now, we must step boldly and bravely into the next chapter of this great American adventure, and we must create a new standard of living for the 21st century,” he pledged…………….The president spent a significant portion of his speech calling for Democrats to work with him to secure the southern border…………..Ironically, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay the address a week, due to the recent partial government shutdown over the issue of border wall funding, certainly had the effect of more media coverage leading into this year’s State of the Union…………Trump had teased ahead of his speech that he planned to make a major announcement about the wall, and he did not disappoint…………………….“My administration has sent to Congress a common sense proposal to end the crisis on the southern border,” he confirmed. “This is a smart, strategic, see through steel barrier,” Trump said, “not just a simple concrete wall.”according to Western Journal #AceNewsDesk reports

President Donald Trump at delivers State of the Union address.Doug Mills / Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump at delivers State of the Union address. (Doug Mills / Getty Images)

The president’s plan also includes humanitarian aid, additional personnel, with the intention of “closing loopholes that enable child smuggling.”

Trump goes against tradition, doesn’t wait for Pelosi to introduce him before SOTU speech

Stephen Sorace1 hour ago

State of the Union 2019: Biggest moments from Trump’s address

President Trump appeared to buck tradition on Tuesday, launching into his State of the Union address without waiting for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to introduce him.

The president is typically given a formal introduction once reaching the dais inside the House Chamber, which follows the House Sergeant at Arms announcing the president’s entrance into the chamber.

SOCIAL MEDIA OFFERS THEORIES ON WHAT PELOSI WAS READING DURING STATE OF THE UNION

It wasn’t clear whether Trump’s quick start was an intentional snub. After the speech, Pelosi played down concerns over the idea that Trump snubbed her or broke any rules before the speech.

“What do you mean? I introduced him,” the Hill reported Pelosi telling reporters as she left the Capitol. “I did introduce him. I said, ‘Members of Congress, I present you the president of the United States.’ There was no snub.”

From CNN’s Will Ripley

In his State of the Union Speech, President Trump claimed that had he “not been elected President of the United States, we would right now … be in a major war with North Korea.”

This is questionable.

Remember: The diplomatic thaw did not begin with Trump. It began in early 2018 when South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed North Korean athletes to the winter Olympics in PyeongChang in February. In April, Moon and Kim Jong Un held the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade at the Korean demilitarized zone.

Before that, Trump’s rhetoric had arguably raised tensions. His August 2017 threat to meet North Korea “with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen before,” prompted Pyongyang, the next day, to threaten to strike the US territory of Guam with an “enveloping fire.”

Trump did break precedent by hastily agreeing to an historic summit in Singapore with Kim. The June 2018 talks led to a vaguely worded commitment to “complete denuclearization.” Talks between the US and North Korea have faltered due to both sides’ drastically different definitions of denuclearization, but Trump announced during the speech that he would meet for a second summit with Kim on February 27-28 in Vietnam.

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Abrams: “I am very disappointed by the President … I still don’t want him to fail”

Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party, delivered its response to the State of the Union from southwest Atlanta.

The former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who donned a white brooch as a hat tip to the suffragettes, set a personal tone, starting off what might be considered her biggest spotlight moment to date, talking about her childhood, saying that her family “went back and forth between lower middle class and working poor.

Yet, even when they came home weary and bone-tired, my parents found a way to show us all who we could be.” She added that “faith, service, education and responsibility” were their family values.

“Our power and strength as Americans lives in our hard work and our belief in more…..but we do not succeed alone – in these United States, when times are tough, we can persevere because our friends and neighbors will come for us,” Abrams said.

Recalling distributing meals to furloughed federal workers during the recent shutdown, Abrams said that making Federal Workers’ “livelihoods a pawn for political games is a disgrace. The shutdown was a stunt engineered by the President of the United States, one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people – but our values.”

Regarding the immigration debate, Abrams said “we know bipartisanship could craft a 21st century immigration plan, but this administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart. Compassionate treatment at the border is not the same as open borders.” Adding “America is made stronger by the presence of immigrants – not walls.”

Abrams, who’s own race was mired in controversy over voter irregularities, said there is much this country can do, “But none of these ambitions are possible without the bedrock guarantee of our right to vote.”

“Let’s be clear: voter suppression is real. From making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy. 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.”

Abrams continued, “in this time of division and crisis, we must come together and stand for, and with, one another. America has stumbled time and again on its quest towards justice and equality; but with each generation, we have revisited our fundamental truths, and where we falter, we make amends.”

As she wrapped up her remarks, Abrams said “even as I am very disappointed by the president’s approach to our problems – I still don’t want him to fail. But we need him to tell the truth, and to respect his duties and the extraordinary diversity that defines America.”

Sources: Western Journal – Fox News – Published: February.06: 2019:

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