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U.S. President Donald Trump delivered the second State of the Union address since being elected Tuesday evening on the theme of “choose greatness” — focusing on immigration, the economy and attacking investigations into his presidency.
Trump also confirmed that he will hold a second summit around nuclear proliferation with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un from Feb. 27 to 28 at the end of the month.
In contrast to his rhetoric in person and on Twitter, Trump urged unity between his Republican Party and the Democrats, saying that the U.S. “must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution”, to the applause of top Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
The Democrats in a rebuttal given by former state politician and governor candidate Stacey Abrams accused the president of abandoning U.S. values.
The address was initially delayed by the longest United States government shutdown in history, which occurred after Trump refused to fund affected agencies with a stopgap bill that Democrats refused to include funding for his signature border wall in.
A full transcript was posted by several news agencies, and shows that Trump did not veer too often from his script.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he said later on, to the applause of Republicans and groans of Democrats, who are looking to carry out probes into alleged Russian collusion, retrieving his tax returns and more.
Image from the State of the Union from The New York Times.